thermonuclear energy

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thermonuclear energy:

see nuclear energynuclear energy,
the energy stored in the nucleus of an atom and released through fission, fusion, or radioactivity. In these processes a small amount of mass is converted to energy according to the relationship E = mc2, where E is energy, m
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The fulfillment of the plasma <<ignition>> criterion for the TNR means that the fraction of thermonuclear energy that remains in the plasma is enough to maintain the required temperature [T.sub.p] in it and additional heating of the plasma from light nuclei in the TNR is not required [9].
The release of thermonuclear energy by inertial confinement; ways towards ignition.
The European Commission claims to have found 100m euro of extra funding for ITER (international thermonuclear energy reactor).
"We are writing to urge you to begin sending a representative to the international discussions regarding the International Thermonuclear Energy Reactor (ITER), which, as you know, is a major fusion research initiative.