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1. (WO2017155520) METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED NUCLEAR REACTIONS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/155520    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/021423
Publication Date: Fri Sep 15 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Thu Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: G21C 3/04
G21C 3/60
Applicants: PINESCI CONSULTING
NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER
PINES, Vladimir
PINES, Marianna
STEINETZ, Bruce
Inventors: PINES, Vladimir
PINES, Marianna
STEINETZ, Bruce
CHAIT, Arnon
FRALICK, Gustave
HENDRICKS, Robert
WESTMEYER, Paul
Title: METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED NUCLEAR REACTIONS
Abstract:
Nuclear fusion processes with enhanced rates may be realized by providing energetic electrons in an environment containing a suitable fuel gas, a liquid fuel source, a solid fuel source, a plasma fuel source, or any combination thereof. The fuel source may be deuterium, tritium, a combination thereof, or any fuel source capable of creating deeply screened and/or neutral nuclei when exposed to energetic electrons. Under proper conditions, at least some of the deeply screened and/or neutral nuclei fuse with other nuclei. Neutral versions of deuteron and/or triton nuclei may be created by bringing neutrons with certain energy levels (e.g., around 3 MeV, but optionally less or much less than 3 MeV) into interaction with other neutrons, forming neutral versions of deuterons and/or tritons. Such processes may be used for power generation, heat production, nuclear waste remediation, material creation, and/or medical isotope production, for example.