Distortion of bulk-ion distribution function due to nuclear elastic scattering and its effect on T(d,n) He4 reaction rate coefficient in neutral-beam-injected deuterium-tritium plasmas

H. Matsuura, Y. Nakao

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Abstract

An effect of nuclear elastic scattering on the rate coefficient of fusion reaction between field deuteron and triton in the presence of neutral beam injection heating is studied. Without assuming a Maxwellian for bulk-ion distribution function, the Boltzmann-Fokker-Planck (BFP) equations for field (bulk) deuteron, field (bulk) triton, α -particle, and beam deuteron are simultaneously solved in an ITER-like deuterium-tritium thermonuclear plasma [R. Aymar, Fusion Eng. Des. 55, 107 (2001)]. The BFP calculation shows that enhancement of the reaction rate coefficient due to knock-on tail formation in fuel-ion distribution functions becomes appreciable, especially in the case of low-density operations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054504
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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