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Nuclear Fusion Experiment Just Made Something Very Strange Happen

By Aazam

In a recent research, scientists discovered that ions behaved strangely during nuclear fusion reactions.

Inertial confinement fusion squeezes a 1mm-diameter capsule filled with frozen deuterium and tritium around a volume of deuterium and tritium gas to a 30 micrometer radius.

This plasma is so thick that charged particle collisions happen often, said Hartouni.

Some of these collisions cause ion fusion when the plasma's temperature rises as it is compressed.

For the fusion of deuterium and tritium, kinetic energy is produced in the form of an alpha particle and a neutron, according to Hartouni.

After becoming a "burning plasma," this excess energy can eventually fuel the reaction without the need for the lasers.

The National Ignition Facility is the first facility to regularly attain burn plasma conditions, allowing tests to be compared to our theoretical predictions.

Future laser-fusion energy sources will depend on our capacity to simulate the process, said Hartouni.

"As we broaden our observations and analysis of the trials and undertake more experiments to test our theories, we'll improve our understanding of laser fusion," said Hartouni.

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