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Trojan Horse Method and the application to fusion reactors

CLAUDIO SPITALERI, Marco La Cognata, Livio Lamia
Owing the presence of the Coulomb barrier at astrophysically
relevant kinetic energies, it is very difficult, or sometimes
impossible to measure astrophysical reaction rates in laboratory.
This is why different indirect techniques are being used along
with direct measurements. The THM is unique indirect technique
allowing one measure astrophysical rearrangement reactions down to
astrophysical relevant energies. The basic principle and a review
of the main application of the Trojan Horse Method are presented.
The applications aiming at the extraction of the bare S$_b$(E)
astrophysical factor and electron screening potentials U$_e$ for
several two body processes are discussed and hints are given for fusion reactor applications.
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