Most Fusion reactors, and the leading ones like JET, use high temp. plasma and confine it. So, the plasma would approximate the Maxwell- Boltzmann distribution. This means that only a small portion of the plasma has enough energy to fuse. But, collisions are much more often, right? Since not all collisions result in fusion, the cross section of collision is much higher than the cross section of fusion. Is this true?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Am I right? If approximately all the collisions resulted in fusion, how much more energy would we be able to produce?

- But how much smaller is the cross section of fusion compared to the cross section of collisions. And do the electrons possess higher energy than the ions, in which case thee nuclear cross section would be orders of magnitude lower.

And what if there were 2 beam travelling toward each other. But these not just follow straight paths. There exists a HELICAL magnetic field and the particle spiral around the field lines and approach each other. Here, I found out that the particle spiral direction would be in opposite directions( one clock wise and the other anticlockwise.) If the beams interact when they meet, how would the collision cross section be affected? (Note: The particle possess reasonable energies at least higher than 25 Kev)

How would I calculate the collision cross section? I seriously need help. Thanks

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# I How large is the collision cross section compared to nuclear fusion cross section

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