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Old February 17 2013, 10:09 AM   #15
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Re: Lockheed-Martin Skunkworks - game changing fusion project!

So using a lithium blanket to absorb the fast neutrons, which as a byproduct would produce tritium to be used as fuel?

I assume that the Skunkworks reactor uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconducting magnets or have they developed a high-temperature superconductor and not told anyone? I believe the highest known Tc is 138K for copper-oxide based superconductors -- 57K below the sublimation point of dry ice.

ETA: For direct energy conversion that removes the need for a conventional, rotating shaft heat engine, there are thermoelectric, thermionic, and thermophotovoltaic conversion methods, but none are applicable to fast neutrons AFAIK.

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