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An Idealized Scenario for Energy Generation by Nuclear Fusion

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dc.contributor.author Kraft, David W.
dc.contributor.author Dababneh, Issa
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-13T14:33:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-13T14:33:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03-29
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/4063
dc.description.abstract We study nuclear fusion processes in a deuteron plasma under a combination of conditions such that, for a given energy input, a maximum energy output can be attained. Specifically we consider fusion processes initiated by the rapid adiabatic compression by a piston of a deuteron plasma contained in a well‐insulated chamber. To exploit the n2 factor in the fusion reaction rate, we consider one mole of plasma which, at ambient temperature and pressure, provides a particle density of ~ 10^19 cm^‐3. Reaction rates are enhanced by the application of magnetic and electric fields to reduce the degrees of freedom of the plasma, thereby lowering its heat capacity and producing a higher temperature increase for a given energy input. Computations show that the combination of adiabatic operation, high particle density and reduced degrees of freedom can result in appreciable fusion rates at temperatures lower than those in magnetic confinement experiments. We consider both primary D-D and secondary D-T reactions. Conditions of energy break-even were found at temperatures of the order of 10^6 K. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Fusion en_US
dc.subject Nuclear power en_US
dc.title An Idealized Scenario for Energy Generation by Nuclear Fusion en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.institute.department School of Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US
dc.event.location Bridgeport, CT en_US
dc.event.name Faculty Research Day en_US

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