Post, Richard F. Formerly, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, California.
VanDevender, J. Pace Formerly, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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- Promise and challenge of fusion energy
- Properties of fusion reactions
- Simple reactions
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- Critical temperatures
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A nuclear reaction that combines low-mass, colliding nuclei into moderate-mass elements and liberates a great deal of energy in the process. Nuclear fusion is a very important process for nucleosynthesis of the elements and for producing energy in stars, the hydrogen bomb, and potentially in thermonuclear power reactors. See also: Hydrogen bomb; Nucleosynthesis; Stellar evolution
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