Thus, a willingness to forfeit its fissile material production might not reflect a North Korean desire to rein in its nuclear weapons capabilities overall, but rather to move up the nuclear weapons assembly line from producing fissile material to producing warheads and fusion fuel
. North Korea's willingness to forfeit Yongbyon is also significant in that it calls into question North Korea's ongoing ability to produce tritium, a critical component of boosted fission weapons and, by extension, thermonuclear devices which typically rely on a boosted fission primer.
The best-known fusion fuel
, the heavy hydrogen isotope deuterium, can be extracted from seawater.
It was possible the North was referring to the technology of boosting the yield of a nuclear device, possibly using fusion fuel
, Lewis said.
13 ( ANI ): Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have taken a step to bring fusion fuel
closer to reality.
The approach to achieving fusion "ignition" by compressing a small spherical capsule containing fusion fuel
to ultra-high density, using the high power laser of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), relies on a technique called "indirect drive".
The density and temperatures are chosen so that the their values are close to initial conditions of an inertial confinement fusion fuel
at ignition moment.
* Efficient--1kg of fusion fuel
produces the same amount of energy as 10,000,000 kg of fossil fuels
If ITER succeeds, it will open the doors not only to a new source of energy on Earth but also to peace worldwide as the very large inventory of hydrogen (the fusion fuel
) on Earth is expected to diminish geopolitical tensions.
The liner is intended to contain fusion fuel
like a can holds peanut butter, and push it together in nanoseconds like two semicylindrical shovels compacting snow together.
If this technology lives up to its promise, it could deliver 1,000,000 times more power from 1Kg of fusion fuel
than from 1Kg of fossil fuel.