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Difference between fusion plasma and fluorescent lamp plasmas

How is the plasma in a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) different from a plasma in say ITER or the sun? Why does ITER need 100MK and a CFL can work at practically room temperature (apart from the ...
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Why is Helium an anomaly on the binding energy curve?

So I'm failing to understand why helium is anomalous on the binding energy curve. I know it includes concepts such as pairing, shell correction, and the liquid drop model. However, these were simply ...
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Does nuclear fusion of light nuclei occur in fire or boiling water?

At the temperature range of ordinary fire or maybe even ordinary boiling water, is the Coulomb potential between light atomic nuclei occasionally overcome to give way to fusion? Basically, how are ...
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So how much fuel does a hypothetical fusion plant need?

Reading about potential fusion plants it's easy to get the impression that we have nearly infinite access to the fuels required. But looking aside form how much we have available, I am interested in ...
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Is there any difference between fusing and smashing particles?

Fusion reaction In fusion process, a condition is required to allow the process to take place. Temperature (energy) + close contact (overcome coulomb barrier). The process normally observed inside of ...
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In what ways does the sun output energy?

I'm curious about the energy output of the sun, and how it breaks down. What fraction is from EM radiation, solar wind, neutrinos, et cetera? How does energy output vary over the EM spectrum? I was ...
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What happens to Hydrogen-Boron plasma at 3 billion Kelvin?

A recent popular report states (beware, I believe it is not peer reviewed and this slightly smells like a PR stunt) that a private company TriAlpha has made some notable progress towards Hydrogen-...
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Simulation of plasma in tokamak

I am reading some papers on numerical algorithms for simulation of plasma in the context of nuclear fusion in a tokamak. I am getting a little lost as there is a huge number of references, and it is ...
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How large should an optically large fusion reactor be?

This is just theoretical consideration. I expect that size of the reactor would be impractical to build on Earth, but I'm interested how much. EDIT: perhaps it could be good for some huge spacecraft ...
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nuclear fusion scaling with reactor size

Thinking about physics of thermonuclear fusion, I have always intuitive sense, that making fusion feasible is matter of reactor size. In other words I feel like: if the fusion reactor is big enough ...
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Usage of rare earth barium copper oxide (ReBCo) superconductors (for fusion reactors)

Recently, scientist from MIT have proposed a new design for a compact fusion reactor, see for example this ArXiV paper. I do not want to discuss the physics of their reactor but am more interested in ...
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Nuclear fusion ignited by neutron capture

Does anybody know if there was some attempt to make a hydrogen (fusion) bomb using neutrons released from the fission primary? e.g. using $^{10}\text{B}$ hydrate as a fuel? Assuming reaction $$^{10}\...
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Calculating the minimum Lawson parameter for sustained d-d fusion

Calculate the minimum Lawson parameter for sustained deuterium-deuterium fusion in a plasma with an energy of 10 keV. I have been given the above question as part of a homework assignment and help ...
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Can a spheromak propagate in vacuum?

I recently learned about (and am now fascinated by) spheromaks. I am no expert on plasma physics, but as I understand they are analogous to propagating toroidal vortices (smoke rings), but with plasma ...
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Understanding the concept of cross section

The cross section is a tiny area, measured in barns ($10^{-28} \mathrm{m^2}$), which relates to the probability of a reaction. But I have trouble interpreting that number. For example how can I ...
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How much of fusion energy is positron-electron annihilation?

Stellar fusion involves protons becoming neutrons, which means ejecting a positron. Positrons annihilate electrons. This must deliver some energy in stellar fusion. But how much of the energy from ...
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ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental reactor): material used

What structural material is being used in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental reactor) to hold the plasma?
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How is the interaction radius of fusion reactants determined?

To calculate the Coulomb barrier between two fusion reactants, the interaction radius (also called the fusion radius), r, must be known. How do I find the interaction radii of different nuclei?
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Is it possible for oxygen in the ocean to undergo nuclear fusion?

Could the oxygen in the ocean undergo oxygen burning (uncontrolled self-sustained fusion) if struck by a very large meteor or exposed to a similarly devastating cosmic catastrophe? Is it possible for ...
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Measured versus Predicted Energy gain in Tokamaks with size

Does there exist a known relationship between the energy gain of Tokamaks in dependence of their size? How do fusion engineers can predict how much gain will a given Tokamak size deliver? Do they just ...
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Neutron energy inside reaction of proton-boron fusion

While proton-boron fusion is considered 'aneutronic' (apparently aneutronic actually means that less than 1% of the energy produced is via neutrons) I believe that it is expected that proton-boron ...
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Do exotic states of matter have high fusion cross-sections?

The Lawson criterion suggests that a chain fusion reaction will only occur in a confined plasma. Since it's a product of temperature and pressure (or density) a chain reaction would be virtually ...
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Effective Coulomb barrier for deuteron

What is the effective Coulomb barrier for a Deuterium-deuterium fusion reaction? I am seeing temperatures of about $40 \times 10^7 K$ online, but have no idea how they are getting this. If we have $...
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Could deuterium saturated palladium capsules be used for inertial confinement fusion?

NIF(National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California) uses the ICF (inertial confinement fusion) approach in order to harvest fusion energy. At NIF, indirect ...
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Fusion plasma compression with liquid metal

General Fusion plans to use an imploding shockwave of molten lead to compress a magnetized plasma "spheromak" target in order to make it burn more efficiently. How come the lead does not quench the ...
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Polarizing virtual photons to make fusion easier?

So, this is probably incredibly foolish, outlandish, etc but I figure I'd post it anyways. Basically I was thinking about how the Deuterium nuclei repel each other and how they do this by exchanging ...
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Does the plasma move in the tokamak?

I was reading about tokamaks, for usage in fusion, and it seems that the positive ions circle in one way in the toakmak, while the negative circles in another. That would make a lot of sense, as it ...
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What highest amount of energy can we get from a laser?

Can we get high energy from laser like fusion and fission reactions ? what is highest energy we can get from laser ?
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Can we use a warp bubble for nuclear fusion?

I understand NASA is now experimenting with a tweaked Alcubierre drive. Apperantly some physicists predict crazy heat (hotter than the sun) inside the warp bubble caused by Hawking radiation (recent ...