The Peaceful Neutron Bomb : A New Twist on Controlled Nuclear Fusion.

by S. T. Cohen

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Because fusion neutrons can produce fission in U238, 100 tons of fission energy can be produced with a blast containment problem of only one ton as opposed to 20 tons in a pure-fusion system. Compared with a nuclear fission reactor, this system would be safer, more efficient, far less costly, and would "breed" valuable new isotopes. Even so, the secrecy surrounding pure-fusion research in the United States and Russia makes its availability for peaceful uses in the near future unlikely. 13 pp.

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