How do charged environments affect low-energy fusion rates? Screening effects in laser-induced non-neutral plasmas
1 Scuola Superiore di Catania, University degli studi di Catania, Catania, Italy
2 Cyclotron Insitute, Texas A&M University, College Station TX,, USA
3 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, University degli studi di Catania, Catania, Italy
4 Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Catania, Italy
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Published online: 14 January 2020
Globally charged environments can modify the rates of nuclear re- actions at the energies relevant for nuclear fusion energy production. This issue was addressed using the screening potential approach, deriving approximate an- alytical results for some scenarios of interest. The developed model predicts that fusion is hindered for reactions between thermal nuclei, while an enhancement is expected for secondary reactions and cluster Coulomb explosion beam-target reactions.
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