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Volume 383, Number 1, FebruaryIII 2002
|Page(s)||291 - 295|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||15 February 2002|
The Salpeter plasma correction for solar fusion reactions
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA e-mail: brown@.phys.washington.edu
3 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA e-mail: email@example.com
4 Department of Physics, University of California at Santa, Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding author: R. F. Sawyer, email@example.com
Accepted: 3 December 2001
We describe five different ways of obtaining the Salpeter formula for the plasma corrections to fusion rates; this formula is valid at the center of the sun with insignificant errors (~percent). Several recent papers have obtained a variety of answers in conflict with this result. We analyse the arguments of these papers, identifying sources of the discrepancies in some cases, and pointing out internal inconsistencies in the arguments given in other cases.
Key words: nuclear reactions / plasmas / sun: interior
© ESO, 2002
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