Estimates of cluster-impact fusion yields

C. Carraro, B. Q. Chen, S. Schramm, S. E. Koonin

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We present several theoretical estimates of D+D fusion rates for heavy-water molecular clusters impacting on TiD targets. Our considerations range from the simple thick-target yield to single- and multiple-deuteron knock-on to thermonuclear and thermal-spike models; detailed molecular-dynamics simulations are also presented. Each of our models fails, by many orders of magnitude, to reproduce the yields observed in recent experiments. We consider the extent to which experimental artifacts might contribute to the results claimed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1379-1389
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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