In a Fermi-degenerate plasma, the rate of electron physical processes is much reduced from the classical prediction, possibly enabling new regimes for controlled nuclear fusion, including the hot-ion mode, a regime in which the ion temperature exceeds the electron temperature. Of great importance in the hot-ion mode operation are the ion-electron collision rate and the fraction of energy that goes from fusion by-products into electrons, the previous calculations of which are refined here by including the relativistic effect and partial degeneracy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics|
|State||Published - Jul 24 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)