Keywords and Phrases
Fusion; MCNP; Muon; Nuclear
"An analysis of the energy economy of a theoretical muon-catalyzed nuclear fusion system has been made by invoking the use of point kinetic equations, Monte Carlo radiation transport simulations, and from a review of existing literature on muon-catalyzed fusion. An external X-ray reactivation source is proposed as a novel way to increase the number of fusions per muon and thereby overcome the so-called alpha sticking problem that has long been considered the primary impediment to breakeven muon-catalyzed fusion power. Free electron lasers, synchrotrons and Wakefield accelerators are discussed as possible bright X-ray photon sources. The addition of an intense external reactivation source into a deuterium-tritium medium can greatly increase the fusion rate per muon. However, energy breakeven analysis shows that the energy density of a power producing system would need to reach unrealistically high levels in order to maintain the energy cost of the external reactivation source. Thus, external reactivation is not a practical approach to muon-catalyzed fusion"--Abstract, page iii.
Graham, Joseph T.
Liu, Xin (Mining & Nuclear Engr)
Alajo, Ayodeji Babatunde
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
M.S. in Nuclear Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
viii, 61 pages
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Thesis - Open Access
Electronic OCLC #
Pillai, Nishant Raghav, "Analysis of energy economy in muon catalyzed fusion considering external x-ray reactivation" (2020). Masters Theses. 7933.