- Conference date: 19-24 September 2005
- Location: Varenna (Italy)
Intense, femtosecond irradiation of atomic and molecular clusters can initiate Coulomb explosions generating particle energies sufficient to drive nuclear fusion. It has been proposed that heteronuclear clusters with a mixture of heavy and light ions will not explode by the simple, equilibrium Coulomb model but that dynamic effects can lead to a boosting of energy of the lighter ejected ions. We present experimental confirmation of this theoretically predicted ion energy enhancement in methane and deuterated methane clusters. We then present data on fusion induced by explosions of dueterated methane clusters examining both fusion yield and neutron angular distribution.
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