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Enhancement in thermonuclear reaction rates in a dense plasma


FOR laser-driven fusion, a number density of the order 1026 cm−3 is usually envisaged1,2; here I consider the effects of the presence of a medium on the nuclear reaction rates3 and show the feasibility of enhanced fusion rates when a certain condition is met. The results are applicable both to controlled thermonuclear reactions and to astrophysical conditions.

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LEE, H. Enhancement in thermonuclear reaction rates in a dense plasma. Nature 253, 259–260 (1975).

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