Few-Body Systems

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 361–363

The 1908 Tunguska cosmic body (TCB) explosion: Role of hydrogen thermonuclear explosion in support of cometary hypothesis


DOI: 10.1007/s00601-008-0327-2

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Kim, Y. Few-Body Syst (2008) 44: 361. doi:10.1007/s00601-008-0327-2


If the 1908 Tunguska cosmic body (TCB) explosion involved a comet, compressional heating of the comet was expected to create hydrogen and deuterium plasma. The velocity distribution of protons and deuterons in this plasma is not expected to be the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. It is shown that the use of a generalized momentum distribution leads to substantial increases of deuteron fusion rates and that a thermonuclear explosion may compete with a thermo-chemical explosion. Therefore, it may be possible that a thermo-chemical explosion induced a hydrogen thermonuclear explosion and both the thermo-chemical and thermonuclear explosions occurred in the 1908 Tunguska event. Experimental tests of this hypothesis are proposed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group (PNMBTG), Department of PhysicsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA