Maximizing specific energy by breeding deuterium

@article{Ball2019MaximizingSE,
  title={Maximizing specific energy by breeding deuterium},
  author={Justin Ball},
  journal={Nuclear Fusion},
  year={2019},
  volume={59}
}
  • J. Ball
  • Published 2 August 2019
  • Engineering, Physics
  • Nuclear Fusion
Specific energy (i.e. energy per unit mass) is one of the most fundamental and consequential properties of a fuel source. In this work, a systematic study of measured fusion cross-sections is performed to determine which reactions are potentially feasible and identify the fuel cycle that maximizes specific energy. This reveals that, by using normal hydrogen to breed deuterium via neutron capture, the conventional catalyzed D–D fusion fuel cycle can attain a specific energy greater than anything… 
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