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Title: An overview of accelerator-driven transmutation technology

An overview of accelerator-driven transmutation technology Accelerator-Driven Transmutation Technology, or ADT{sup 2}, is a collection of programs that share a common theme - they each have at their heart an intense source of neutrons generated by a high-energy proton beam striking a heavy metal target. The beam energy, typically 1000 MeV, is enough for a single proton to smash a target atom into atomic fragments. This so-called spallation process generates large numbers of neutrons (around 20 to 30 per proton) amid the atomic debris. These neutrons are of high value because they can be used to transmute neighboring atoms by neutron capture. Three distinct ADT{sup 2} program elements will be described. These are ADEP - accelerator-driven energy production, ABC - accelerator based conversion (of plutonium) and ATW - accelerator transmutation of waste.
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OSTI Identifier:OSTI ID: 10165253
Report Number(s):LA-UR--94-1429; CONF-9404184--1
ON: DE94014724; TRN: 94:007481
DOE Contract Number:W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:Conference
Resource Relation:Conference: LAMPF user`s group meeting,Washington, DC (United States),20 Apr 1994; Other Information: PBD: [1994]
Research Org:Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; PLUTONIUM; WASTE PROCESSING; TRANSMUTATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; PROTON BEAMS; SPALLATION 052001; WASTE PROCESSING