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TitlePeaceful Uses of Fusion
Author(s)Teller, E.
Publication DateJuly 03, 1958
Report NumberUCRL-5257 (Rev.)
Unique IdentifierACC0074
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 4304490
Research OrgUniversity of California, Radiation Laboratory, Livermore, CA (US) [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)]
Contract NoW-7405-eng-48
Sponsoring OrgUS Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
Subject70 Plasma Physics and Fusion Technology
KeywordsGeneral; Efficiency; Electricity; Magnetic Fields; Planning; Plasma; Power Plants; Production; Radioactivity; Thermonuclear Devices; Thermonuclear Reactions; Uses; Fission; Mining; Nuclear Explosions; Oils; Thermonuclear Reactions; Underground Explosions
Related Web PagesEdward Teller
Peaceful Uses of the Atom
AbstractApplications of thermonuclear energy for peaceful and constructive purposes are surveyed. Developments and problems in the release and control of fusion energy are reviewed. It is pointed out that the future of thermonuclear power reactors will depend upon the construction of a machine that produces more electric energy than it consumes. The fuel for thermonuclear reactors is cheap and practically inexhaustible. Thermonuclear reactors produce less dangerous radioactive materials than fission reactors and, when once brought under control, are not as likely to be subject to dangerous excursions. The interaction of the hot plasma with magnetic fields opens the way for the direct production of electricity. It is possible that explosive fusion energy released underground may be harnessed for the production of electricity before the same feat is accomplished in controlled fusion processes. Applications of underground detonations of fission devices in mining and for the enhancement of oil flow in large low-specific-yield formations are also suggested.
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