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Back to the Future: The Historical, Scientific, Naval, and Environmental Case for Fission Fusion

Wallace Manheimer

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 36 / Number 1 / July 1999 / Pages 1-15

Technical Paper /

A return to fission fusion, and especially the development of the thorium cycle, is proposed as a means to revitalize magnetic fusion research. Recent history is analyzed, causes are sought for the current state of fusion research, and possibilities for how its prospects can be improved are examined. Recent tokamak results are also analyzed, and the conclusion is reached that a research tokamak reactor could now be built that could generate significant amounts of nuclear fuel. Finally, possible Naval involvement and environmental issues are discussed.

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