I have been pondering something, I had a neutron generating nuclear fusion reactor (registered as a particle accelerator) and I have a giant stack of calculations but it seems too easy, so I'm looking for a second opinion.
Fusion is currently achieved in a high vacuum, by injecting a tiny amount of deuterium, under a potential of many Kv to form He-3 and a neutron. This seems strange to me. Allow me to explain.
There has been proof that lightning strikes will create fusion reactions upon reacting with atmospheric deuterium, and as we all know, liquids are much tighter by default than any gas. I have come across several 1000Kv impulse generators for a reasonable price.
I am also aware that common hydrogen, helium, and oxygen are readily available for fusion reactions, based on my studies of nucleosynthesis. Under enough potential, wouldn't pure water promote much more "functional" fusion? A fusor is also very limited for operating times due to the heat generated inside of the primary grid.
My experiment (before I killed my poor impulse generator) was to soak uranium ore in distilled water so any free atoms of the radioactive materials, such as radium, may dissolve in the water along with the helium produced by the alpha decay, then pass it through a fine filter to remove any particulate, and use this as my "fusion" medium. It has already been proven that radium is an excellent ionizing material, from it's use in lightning rods. Assuming there is just one neutron that ends up moderated by the water, and it finds one stray uranium atom, it would give it a massive boost for reactivity. Fission products will only cause ionization, and make it even easier for the particles to navigate, as well as a further increase in temperature and pressure.
The primary engineering difficulty would be containing the pressure. The water cannot be allowed to expand, and the greater the pressure, the more likely the fusion "should" occur.
If there are molten salt fission reactors, why not look into liquid-based fusion reactors?
So far the only "boosted fusion" reaction I have achieved was by injecting a small amount of radon into my fusor, along with a mixture of H-2, H-3, and He-4. It was much more reactive, due to the ionization energy of the radon acting as a booster. It could only be operational for under 10 seconds due to the temperature, as opposed to the typical 20 seconds.