Nuclear Fusion includes the following learning objectives:

  • Describe the process of nuclear fusion;
  • Calculate the energy released in simple nuclear reactions;
  • Calculate the temperature required for fusion;
  • Describe the conditions in the core of stars that make fusion possible
  • Describe various methods of plasma confinement, specifically the JET Magnetic Confinement Reactor;
  • Appreciate the difficulties of achieving fusion on a practical terrestrial scale;
  • State the D-T reaction and appreciate why this is most suitable for terrestrial fusion.

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