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Title: LLL comments on The Ultimate Catastrophe

Abstract

This correspondence provides a discussion of purported hazards of nuclear energy production and weapons research. The possibility of atmospheric burn and oceanic burn are discounted, and the cross sections of Nitrogen are investigated and the concentration of D[sub 2]O in the oceans are considered. In conclusion, extremely conservative calculations demonstrated that it is completely impossible for either the earth`s atmosphere or sea to sustain fusion reactions of either thermonuclear nuclear chain reaction type. And, in particular, such reactions cannot be triggered by the explosion of nuclear weapons, even those having unrealistically high yield and impractical high yield-to-weight.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
443240
Report Number(s):
UCRL-ID-125509
ON: DE97050860
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: DN: Declassified; PBD: 23 Dec 1975
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; 29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; NUCLEAR ENERGY; HAZARDS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; CHAIN REACTIONS; CROSS SECTIONS; NITROGEN 14; HEAVY WATER; NUCLEAR REACTIONS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS

Citation Formats

Batzel, R E. LLL comments on The Ultimate Catastrophe. United States: N. p., 1975. Web.
Batzel, R E. LLL comments on The Ultimate Catastrophe. United States.
Batzel, R E. Tue . "LLL comments on The Ultimate Catastrophe". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/443240.
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abstractNote = {This correspondence provides a discussion of purported hazards of nuclear energy production and weapons research. The possibility of atmospheric burn and oceanic burn are discounted, and the cross sections of Nitrogen are investigated and the concentration of D[sub 2]O in the oceans are considered. In conclusion, extremely conservative calculations demonstrated that it is completely impossible for either the earth`s atmosphere or sea to sustain fusion reactions of either thermonuclear nuclear chain reaction type. And, in particular, such reactions cannot be triggered by the explosion of nuclear weapons, even those having unrealistically high yield and impractical high yield-to-weight.},
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