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Thermonuclear detonation


Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prosp. 53, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

The characteristics of, and energy transfer mechanisms involved in, thermonuclear detonation are discussed. What makes the fundamental difference between thermonuclear and chemical detonation is that the former has a high specific energy release and can therefore be employed for preliminarily compressing the thermonuclear mixture ahead of the burning wave. Consequently, with moderate (megajoule) initiation energies, a steady-state detonation laboratory experiment with unlimited energy multiplication becomes a possibility.

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PACS: 44.90.+c, 47.40.−x (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU1998v041n11ABEH000506
URL: https://ufn.ru/en/articles/1998/11/f/
Citation: Feoktistov L P "Thermonuclear detonation" Phys. Usp. 41 1139–1147 (1998)
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Оригинал: Феоктистов Л П «Термоядерная детонация» УФН 168 1247–1255 (1998); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0168.199811f.1247

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