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valleysheep

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Hi guys,

I've recently stumbled on an interesting article highlighting a point by james jean that a pinhead of 1mm (I took this to mean that it was a box of 1mm sides so 1E-9m

I tried working this out using stefan-boltzmann's law of [itex]\sigma[/itex]T^4 then an inverse square law. It seemed like a sensible working coming to an answer of ~400,000 W/m

I have also read that the power density of the sun is 276.5W/m

So i guess i am missing something here which is why i need some help :P.

My last concern is that if we were to harness fusion power by what ever means, magnetic containment etc) wouldn't the temperatures reached cause massive damage to the surround area. I first thought that the entire surrounding would absorb the radiated heat.

Thanks for your time in advance. I also apologise for any incredibly poor physics used in this post.

I've recently stumbled on an interesting article highlighting a point by james jean that a pinhead of 1mm (I took this to mean that it was a box of 1mm sides so 1E-9m

^{3}volume) heated to 15 million kelvin, sun's core, could kill a person 84 miles away.I tried working this out using stefan-boltzmann's law of [itex]\sigma[/itex]T^4 then an inverse square law. It seemed like a sensible working coming to an answer of ~400,000 W/m

^{2}at the point the person is standing (84 miles away). This is all assuming a vacuum. As a side point would it still happen if it wasn't a vacuum ?I have also read that the power density of the sun is 276.5W/m

^{3}at the sun's core, which sort of throws a wrench in the plan.So i guess i am missing something here which is why i need some help :P.

My last concern is that if we were to harness fusion power by what ever means, magnetic containment etc) wouldn't the temperatures reached cause massive damage to the surround area. I first thought that the entire surrounding would absorb the radiated heat.

Thanks for your time in advance. I also apologise for any incredibly poor physics used in this post.

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