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The Role of the Low-Energy Proton-Deuteron Fusion Cross Section in Physical Processes

Yeong E. Kim, Robert A. Rice, Gary S. Chulick

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 19 / Number 1 / January 1991 / Pages 174-177


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We calculate the proton-deuterium (p-D) fusion reaction rate at low energies (E ≤ 2 keV in the center-of-mass frame) for a Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution and compare it to those for other reactions involving hydrogen isotopes. It is shown that p-D fusion dominates competing reactions for E ≤ 8 eV in the center-of-mass frame. The implications for various physical processes are discussed.

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