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Title: Proliferation Risks of Fusion Energy: Clandestine Production, Covert Production, and Breakout

Abstract

Nuclear proliferation risks from fusion associated with access to weapon-usable material can be divided into three main categories: 1) clandestine production of fissile material in an undeclared facility, 2) covert production of such material in a declared and safeguarded facility, and 3) use of a declared facility in a breakout scenario, in which a state begins production of fissile material without concealing the effort. In this paper we address each of these categories of risk from fusion. For each case, we find that the proliferation risk from fusion systems can be much lower than the equivalent risk from fission systems, if commercial fusion systems are designed to accommodate appropriate safeguards.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
962921
Report Number(s):
DE-AC02-09CH11466
TRN: US0902965
DOE Contract Number:  
PPPL-4431
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 9th IAEA Technical Meeting on Fusion Power Plant Safety, Vienna, Austria
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; FISSILE MATERIALS; FISSION; IAEA; POWER PLANTS; PRODUCTION; PROLIFERATION; SAFEGUARDS; SAFETY; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; Hybrids, Fusion Reactors Fusion-Fissionn

Citation Formats

R.J. Goldston, A. Glaser, A.F. Ross. Proliferation Risks of Fusion Energy: Clandestine Production, Covert Production, and Breakout. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
R.J. Goldston, A. Glaser, A.F. Ross. Proliferation Risks of Fusion Energy: Clandestine Production, Covert Production, and Breakout. United States.
R.J. Goldston, A. Glaser, A.F. Ross. Thu . "Proliferation Risks of Fusion Energy: Clandestine Production, Covert Production, and Breakout". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/962921.
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abstractNote = {Nuclear proliferation risks from fusion associated with access to weapon-usable material can be divided into three main categories: 1) clandestine production of fissile material in an undeclared facility, 2) covert production of such material in a declared and safeguarded facility, and 3) use of a declared facility in a breakout scenario, in which a state begins production of fissile material without concealing the effort. In this paper we address each of these categories of risk from fusion. For each case, we find that the proliferation risk from fusion systems can be much lower than the equivalent risk from fission systems, if commercial fusion systems are designed to accommodate appropriate safeguards.},
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