In a burning plasma, fusion-born α particles are the dominant source of heating. In such conditions, the deuterium and tritium ion energy distribution deviates from the expected thermal Maxwellian distribution.
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Atzeni, S. Burning plasma surprise. Nat. Phys. 19, 10–11 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-022-01820-8