Accession Number : ADA239225

Title :   Thermonuclear Cross Section and Reaction Rate Parameter Data Compilation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb 89-Jul 90,

Corporate Author : ASTRONAUTICS LAB (AFSC) EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s) : Cox, Larry T., Jr

Report Date : JUL 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : With the increasing need to develop new sources of energy for Air Force missions, interest in fusion energy has increased. While the earlier report from this project listed scores of possible thermonuclear reactions, this report concentrates solely on cross section data and reaction rate parameter data for the major fusion reactions under scrutiny. The meanings of terms commonly used in the field of thermonuclear fusion are discussed, along with descriptions of the mechanisms involved in determining the ignition point of plasma. In addition, polynomial-style-curve-fits have been developed for each list of data herein. The characteristics of four advanced fusion fuels: p-11B, P-6Li, d-3He, and 3He-3He, are compared to the fuel d-t. D-3He presents itself as the reaction of choice for fusion space propulsion. Other research efforts using d-3He are mentioned.

Descriptors :   AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, CROSS SECTIONS, ENERGY, FUELS, IGNITION, MISSIONS, NUCLEAR FUSION, PARAMETERS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), RATES, REACTION TIME, RESPONSE, SOURCES, THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Propulsion
      Fusion Devices(thermonuclear)
      Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particle Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE