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Simulation of cluster impact fusion

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-551
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift für Physik D Atoms, Molecules and Clusters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1992
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeNot Eligible


We report molecular dynamics simulations of the impact of TiD clusters on TiD targets. In each cluster collision the total fusion probability seems to be due to a single deuterium deuterium collision. The kinetic energies of incident deuterium atoms gradually level off around the initial cluster energy, but do not reach the high energy tail of a corresponding Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. Neither any other support for a thermonuclear fusion mechanism was observed. On the contrary, our simulations imply that the enhanced fusion rate is rather due to channeled many atom collision cascade type mechanism.


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