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Advisors: Professor A.K Chaubey
Copyright: Jul-2010
Date Added: 7-May-2012
Abstract: Abstract Nuclear fusion was first achieved on earth in the early 1930s by bombarding a target containing deuterium, the mass-2 isotope of hydrogen, with high-energy deuteron in a cyclotron.[1] To accelerate the deuteron beam a great deal of energy is required, most of which appeared as heat in the target. As a result, no net useful energy was produced. In the 1950s the first large-scale but uncontrolled release of fusion energy was demonstrated in the tests of thermonuclear weapons by the United States, the USSR, the United Kingdom, and France. This was such a brief and uncontrolled release that it could not be used for the production of electric power. In this chapter we briefly discuss fusion reactions. We first define fusion cross section and reactivity, and then present and justify qualitatively the standard parametrization of these two important quantities. Next, we consider a few important fusion reactions,and provide expressions, data, and graphs for the evaluation of their cross sections and reactivities. These results will be used in the following chapters to derive the basic requirements for fusion energy production, as well as to study fusion ignition and burn in a confined fuels.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2777
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