Instruments and methods of investigation

Electrophotonuclear energy cycle

National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, pl. akad. Kurchatova 1, Moscow, 123182, Russian Federation

It is shown that the current problems related to the nuclear power cycle can be resolved if the conventional fission process is complemented with the ’photoneutron reprocessing’ of fissile nuclei directly in spent uranium by using the energy of relativistic storage-ring electrons and transforming it to synchrotron/undulator gamma radiation, and by utilizing the fission products as neutron sources while at the same time transmuting them into stable isotopes. A suitable method of ’gamma-neutron transmutation’ is described, and the values of its parameters that make the corresponding ’electrophotonuclear’ power cycle closed and waste-free are determined.

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PACS: 25.20.−x, 25.85.Jg, 28.41.−i (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2004v047n12ABEH001941
Citation: Eremeev I P "Electrophotonuclear energy cycle" Phys. Usp. 47 1221–1237 (2004)
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RT Journal
T1 Electrophotonuclear energy cycle
A1 Eremeev,I.P.
PB Physics-Uspekhi
PY 2004
FD 10 Dec, 2004
JF Physics-Uspekhi
JO Phys. Usp.
VO 47
IS 12
SP 1221-1237
DO 10.1070/PU2004v047n12ABEH001941

:    « » 174 1319–1335 (2004); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0174.200412c.1319

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