Abstract by Emma Rasmussen
Physics and Astronomy
Modeling Electron Scattering within a Charged-Fermion Spectrometer
Laboratory simulations of stellar fusion particle interactions show an excess in expected energy being produced. Orbital electrons provide coulomb screening, which reduces the coulomb barrier enough that fusion can take place in stellar cores. Assuming a non-zero probability that the electron and nucleus wavefunctions will overlap, there is a possibility that the electron will carry the full energy of the fusion reaction release. In 2017, this was seen in the release of a d+D fusion reaction. The purpose of this research is to confirm said observation. The electron will be found using a modified design of a heavy charged particle detector. Before the instrument is implemented, we must ensure its reliability by modeling it using Monte Carlo simulations. This will ensure the effectiveness of the detector, namely that the material used to capture the electrons slows them enough to allow energy measurements. Background and results on modeling efforts will be presented.