[ RadSafe ] Fusion Proliferation
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Tue May 29 17:11:05 CDT 2012
From: _jpreisig at aol.com_ (mailto:jpreisig at aol.com) .
Hope your day is going well. I've been chuckling to myself
about JAitken's post about Cs137,
Americium, Tritium etc.
We depend on the Russians for some/all of these radionuclides.
Ouch!!!! Can you say
As far as Schlumberger goes,oil field drill time goes for
Millions of dollars an hour or
something expensive like that. Back in 1978 (before Measurement While
Drilling???) I was told
it cost $5K per day, just to have a Schlumberger wireline truck at a
well site. The Minitron
(Bi__itron???) neutron generator tube cost $5K per tube, back in 1978.
Hope the Russians aren't our only source of Am241. Put Am241
together with Be, and you have
a nice source of neutrons. The radsafe archives should have some
discussion of nuclear device
triggers, if these postings haven't mysteriously disappeared.
As for Tritium, the USA Government has to make Tritium rather
continuously, to refresh the
tritium in Hydrogen weapons. Tritium has that 12 year half life.
Last I heard, Team USA
was making Tritium at either Hanford and/or the reactor(s) in South
Carolina. This has all
been discussed publicly in journals like Physics Today. I guess
Lithium is of interest also.
Have been watching watching on TV some shows about the original
fusion weapons, with their spherical and/or cylindrical geometries.
One show actually
detailed design of a Fusion device in some detail. I once saw
Hydrogen weapons and their
design described in detail in Popular Mechanics and/or Popular
Science. The actual workings
didn't ring true until I saw the recent TV show.
Funny, I've worked around Tritium and Deuterium (and Uranium) at
(Schlumberger/Schlumber Technologies) and D2O at that Federal National
Lab (you know,
the Long Island Nuclear Lab) and really wasn't very concerned about
deuterium and/or tritium.
Some of the less technical people were very concerned about deuterium,
tritium and where it
all was. Guess I was thinking like a scientist and/or engineer, and
not a nuclear
Sorry, to be so long-winded. If Uranium and/or Plutonium are a
proliferation issue for fission
reactors, then deuterium and tritium WILL BE a SERIOUS issue for
Can we ignore this issue???? The proof of concept hasn't even
happened for Fusion.
I'm not very concerned about uranium/plutonium proliferation.
The American/Allied forces (according to TV) discovering
Heisenberg's reactor, uranium etc.
and heavy water found plenty of Uranium, etc. They were even trying
to ship some to Japan ---
see the Radsafe archives. The German's didn't have the commitment to
nuclear warheads that
the USA had; nor did they have the number of excellent scientists
(Feynmann, Oppenheimer, etc.)
that the Manhattan Project had. The USA also had Hanford, Oak Ridge,
UChicago, Los Alamos
etc. Serious work being done by serious people. See Radsafe postings
cyclotrons, diffusion, centrifuges, Calutrons, strong focusing,
Alternating Magnetic Gradients.
Reprocessing HLW is not a walk in the park --- it requires
effort and work. Politically,
no rational politician will really go near it.
Have a good week!!!! Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD
PS Reprocessing would provide jobs for Americans, and some jobs for
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