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Applications of Thermo-nuclear Fusion

Thermonuclear Reactions The slow reaction rate in the p-p chain and CNO cycle makes them in-practical for any application on Earth. The fusion reactions that seem most promising as terrestrial energy sources are listed in Figure 14-14a. These reactions occur at temperature about 100 times higher than that in the Sun's core. Reactions 5 and 6 are not thermo-nuclear reactions. They are used to produce the triton in reaction 1.

Figure 14-14a Thermonuclear Reactions [view large image]