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I'd simply like to add to physicsphile's answer. The primary source for this question is Konopinski, E. J; C. Marvin; Edward Telle, "Ignition of the Atmosphere with Nuclear Bombs", Los Alamos National Laboratory technical report #LA-602 It shows that the answer to the OP's question is "highly unlikely". It does not prove impossibility. It's an ...


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Around the 60s, a treaty was signed to ban development of nuclear fusion devices with yield greater than about 50 MT (don't remember exact number), in order to prevent fusion of atmospheric hydrogen, thus the uncontrolled multiplication of the device explosive yield. That was before the Threshold Test Ban Treaty was signed in 1974 and entered into force in ...


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With the given information, several results are possible: All the kinetic energy is converted into heat and the required temperature for "burning" deuterium is not reached (no star). If the temperature is reached, then the energy released by the deuterium burning might be enough to keep the star from contracting any further. The star might expand a little ...


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Yes, the question is theoretical and so the response. Under enough pressure water will become a solid, regardless of temperature. That is, as far as it is still water. If pressure is high enough, the atoms will collapse and form neutron-degenerate matter (theorized to exist in the cores of neutron stars). I am not sure if there could be an intermediate mixed ...



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