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thermonuclear reactor

Carl Schaschke

in A Dictionary of Chemical Engineering

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199651450
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191744464
thermonuclear reactor

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A type of reactor in which nuclear fusion takes place with the controlled release of a considerable amount of energy. While such reactors are still at the experimental stage, the main challenges are the ability to reach the very high temperatures needed that are in excess of a million degrees Celsius, and containing the reacting nuclides for a sufficient period of time to achieve the required ignition temperature. In a ...

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