Wiffle-Ball as a weapon of terror?

If polywell fusion is developed, in what ways will the world change for better or worse? Discuss.

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Wiffle-Ball as a weapon of terror?

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James Bond-ish...

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Postby Stoney3K » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:30 pm

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Postby D Tibbets » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:10 pm

The Wiffleball mechanism inside a Polywell reactor is an essential factor to make the system work. The reactor itself would not make a very good neutron radiation weapon. It would be perhaps 5-6 meters wide overall. The vacuum pumping assembly is large. The power handling equipment extensive. And, you need at least a few megawatts of power to get it started, which means you need to carry a generator with you. The neutrons produced are present only while the machine is running. The effective range is limited by the inverse square law, etc. Even if Bussard's speculation that a P-B11 reactor can be shrunk to semi truck size, it does not produce neutrons. A D-D Polywell needs a steam plant if it is going to feed itself power. Otherwise it would need to be connected to a large multi megawatt power supply. A truck packed with high explosive would be much more convenient and probably do more damage.

Using a D-D Polywell to produce neutrons to transmute a feed stock into radioactive isotopes is another matter. It could be a convenient means to produce lots of plutonium from uranium 238, or other nasty radioactive isotope breeder reactions. These radioactive isotopes can then be used in a dirty bomb. Still a lot of work, but perhaps easier access to these small reactors (especially if they proliferate in large numbers), compared to fission power plants and their difficult to handle spent fuel rods.

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