Nuclear and Atomic Physics

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[3] viXra:1702.0190 [pdf] submitted on 2017-02-15 14:15:29

Cost of Tritium Fusion Energy

Authors: Alexander Bolonkin, Zarek Newman
Comments: 14 Pages.

For the past sixty years, scientists have spent approximately one hundred billion dollars in an attempt to develop tritium thermonuclear energy. They were unsuccessful. No stable thermonuclear reactions were achieved. Current plans are to design an expensive, but workable industrial installation. It will cost tens of billions of US dollars and will possibly only begin to produce electric energy 15 – 20 years from now. Even if the new designs were viable, they are economically unfeasible. Currently, Tritium is used for fusion ignition because the tritium-deuterium thermonuclear reaction (T+D) has the lowest ignition temperature (≈100 million degree) in contrast to deuterium thermonuclear reaction (D+D) which has a fusion ignition temperature 50 - 100 times hotter. This paper demonstrates that because tritium fuel is very expensive ($30,000/gram and more), the electricity generated by the tritium thermonuclear reactor will cost (≈ $1/kwh), at least 10 times more than conventional sources of energy (≈ $0.1/kwh, 2015). Even using Li-6, Li-7 blankets to breed tritium from fusion reactions cannot be a full solution, because, as we will show, they can only restore a maximum of 30% of the expensive tritium fuel. Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent in vain over the past sixty years for R&D of tritium fusion. It is the costliest mistake in the history of science! Research and Development (R&D) of huge, very expensive tritium fusion installations should be abandoned and in its stead, develop viable and economically feasible, inexpensive, small reactors that use deuterium fuel and high temperatures. That decreases the fuel cost by 30,000 times. Viable designs of small thermonuclear reactors have been offered by senior author in [8,9] where an analysis of the problems with the various configurations of the new small and cheap fusion reactors are detailed therein.
Category: Nuclear and Atomic Physics

[2] viXra:1702.0176 [pdf] submitted on 2017-02-14 16:11:56

Gödelizng Fine Structure Gateway to Comprehending the Penultimate Nature of Reality

Authors: Richard L Amoroso
Comments: 12 Pages.

We have questioned the value of the Planck constant in other work, such that its value is likely different for a physical reality with parameters for dimensionality (LSXD) beyond the 4D Standard Model. Now the fundamental basis of the fine structure constant (FSC) itself also comes under scrutiny. The FSC is generally determined in terms of other constants; therefore, its origin yet remains a profound mystery. One must go ‘out of bounds’ to obtain a holistic picture. Our understanding of the physical world has progressed from Classical to Quantum; and now to the brink of the 3rd regime of Unified Field Mechanics (UFM). We review the 2nd regime origin and development of the FSC, then propose new insights gleaned from 3rd regime UFM parameters and also review importance of the FSC in developing empirical protocols for gaining access to the 3rd regime.
Category: Nuclear and Atomic Physics

[1] viXra:1702.0170 [pdf] submitted on 2017-02-14 11:32:08

Transparent Fuel Capsule for Fusion Reactor

Authors: Alexander Bolonkin
Comments: 15 Pages.

For more 60 years scientists havewanted to reach confined, stable thermonuclear reaction state. They are using two main methods: ICF – Inertial Confinement Fusion and MCF – Magnetic Confinement Fusion. In ICF they have tried to heat a frozen thermonuclear fuel by highly compressing the reactive force of the fuel’s vaporized cover and tohold (confine) it by inertial forces of the fuel used. In MCF they heatrarefied plasma by electric current and hold it a relative long time by enshrouding magnetic field. In ICF, only 10-20% the laser energy is used for compression and significantly less for further fuel heating. The author is offering a significantly new design the fuel pellet (capsule) for laser ICF reactor which allows using about 90% the laser energy for pellet heating and compression work. The second advantage of the author’s innovative suggested method is significantly increasing (by a hundred-fold) the time of nuclear reaction (reactivity) as well as the possibility to use the compressed gas fuel at room temperature,instead of the frozen fuel held at absolute Kelvin zero. The suggested pellet (capsule) design requires few collimated light beams (maximum 6, not 192 as with NIF) because it is using offered multi-reflect capsule(pellet). That greatly simplifies the design laser system.Possible of getting conditions will be enough for using the D-D nuclear fuel, which is monetarily less costly by 30,000 times than T-D fuel.
Category: Nuclear and Atomic Physics