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Fissioning uranium plasmas and nuclear-pumped lasers
Author and Affiliation:
Schneider, R. T.
Thom, K.(NASA Washington, D.C., United States)
Abstract: Current research into uranium plasmas, gaseous-core (cavity) reactors, and nuclear-pumped lasers is discussed. Basic properties of fissioning uranium plasmas are summarized together with potential space and terrestrial applications of gaseous-core reactors and nuclear-pumped lasers. Conditions for criticality of a uranium plasma are outlined, and it is shown that the nonequilibrium state and the optical thinness of a fissioning plasma can be exploited for the direct conversion of fission fragment energy into coherent light (i.e., for nuclear-pumped lasers). Successful demonstrations of nuclear-pumped lasers are described together with gaseous-fuel reactor experiments using uranium hexafluoride.
Publication Date: Sep 01, 1975
Document ID:
19750057359
(Acquired Dec 01, 1995)
Accession Number: 75A41431
Subject Category: NUCLEAR AND HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICS
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication Information: Nuclear Technology; p. Sept; 27
Publisher Information: United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Description: 17p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: GAS LASERS; LASER APPLICATIONS; NUCLEAR FISSION; PUMPING; REACTOR DESIGN; URANIUM PLASMAS; LASER OUTPUTS; NUCLEAR FUELS; NUCLEAR ROCKET ENGINES; OPTICAL THICKNESS; POWER TRANSMISSION; REACTOR CORES; TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING; URANIUM FLUORIDES
Imprint And Other Notes: Nuclear Technology, vol. 27, Sept. 1975, p. 34-50.
Miscellaneous Notes: 1975, p. 34-50
Availability Source: Other Sources
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