Accession Number : AD0290727

Title :   INVESTIGATIONS ON THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF NUCLEAR FISSION ENERGY TO ELECTRICAL ENERGY IN A PLASMA DIODE

Corporate Author : GENERAL MOTORS RESEARCH LABS WARREN MICH

Personal Author(s) : JAMERSON,FRANK E.

Report Date : 31 OCT 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Results of experimental and theoretical investigations are presented on the use of a nuclear generated plasma in a noble gas plasma diode thermionic converter. Related programs of emitter materials development and plasma measurements are described. These are presented in the following individual sections contained in this report: (1) inpile ion chamber experiment theory and tube design, (2) pulsed noble gas plasma diode experiments, (3) electron mobility in gases, (4) spectroscopic measurements in a cesium low voltage arc converter, and (5) uranium carbide-rhenium cermet emitter. (Author)

Descriptors :   *FISSION NEUTRONS, *FISSION PRODUCTS, *RARE GASES, *NEUTRON FLUX, *PLASMAS(PHYSICS), *THERMIONIC EMISSION, *URANIUM

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE