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An Approach to Tritium Production Using a Linear Proton Accelerator

Benny L. Boggs, R. Lewis Steinhoff

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 28 / Number 3P1 / October 1995 / Pages 538-543


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With the end of the Cold War and the signing of strategic arms agreements between the U.S. and Russia, the need for a large nuclear stockpile has dramatically decreased. However due to the natural decay (5.5%/year) of tritium, it is still necessary to produce tritium to maintain the much smaller nuclear stockpile. Since the shutdown of the K-Reactor at the Savannah River Site, the U.S. has not had a tritium producing facility in operation, thus a new production facility is needed. One option for producing tritium employs the use of a linear proton accelerator.

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