Preliminary Study of High Neutron Flux Fusion Heating.
Final rept. 1 May 77-3 Nov 77,
CORNELL UNIV ITHACA N Y SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
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A heating scheme for nuclear fusion is proposed based on the availability of a high flux, low energy neutron source. The heat is derived in the reaction Li6n,THe4 resulting from the incidence of a low energy neutron beam on a sample of Li6D. The energy release per reaction, Q 4.6 MeV, is converted through a electron Coulomb collisions thereby quickly dissociating the solid sample to the plasma state. For about .001 eV neutrons it is estimated that this dissociation occurs in about 7 msec for an incident flux of 10 to the 17th powersq. cmsec. The possibility of further driving the heated fuel to fusion is also discussed.
- Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)
- Fission Reactor Physics