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Title: PUMA: Plutonium Modeling and Analysis Theory Manual Rev 1.0

Abstract

The high rate of alpha decay of the plutonium-238 isotope lends the material to be used for many unique space applications where the reach of solar radiation is either too weak or unavailable. With a power density of 0.54 watts per gram, plutonium-238 has been used to power space exploration satellites from mars rovers to deep space probes. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has remained the primary location for fabrication of the plutonium oxide pellets. In an effort to apply modern techniques and tools towards supporting LANL’s fabrication responsibilities, PUMA was created under an LDRD funded program to gain understanding of plutonium oxide heat source pellets during fabrication.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
OSTI Identifier:
1481112
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-30520
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Matthews, Christopher, and Cooper, Michael William Donald. PUMA: Plutonium Modeling and Analysis Theory Manual Rev 1.0. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1481112.
Matthews, Christopher, & Cooper, Michael William Donald. PUMA: Plutonium Modeling and Analysis Theory Manual Rev 1.0. United States. doi:10.2172/1481112.
Matthews, Christopher, and Cooper, Michael William Donald. Fri . "PUMA: Plutonium Modeling and Analysis Theory Manual Rev 1.0". United States. doi:10.2172/1481112. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1481112.
@article{osti_1481112,
title = {PUMA: Plutonium Modeling and Analysis Theory Manual Rev 1.0},
author = {Matthews, Christopher and Cooper, Michael William Donald},
abstractNote = {The high rate of alpha decay of the plutonium-238 isotope lends the material to be used for many unique space applications where the reach of solar radiation is either too weak or unavailable. With a power density of 0.54 watts per gram, plutonium-238 has been used to power space exploration satellites from mars rovers to deep space probes. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has remained the primary location for fabrication of the plutonium oxide pellets. In an effort to apply modern techniques and tools towards supporting LANL’s fabrication responsibilities, PUMA was created under an LDRD funded program to gain understanding of plutonium oxide heat source pellets during fabrication.},
doi = {10.2172/1481112},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}

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