Thread: Nuclear waste
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Oct29-05, 05:01 PM
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Putting nuclear waste, and by that I mean fission products in a fusion reactor would not be practical. For one, most fusion reactions would require high energies to occur - so temperatures would have to be in the billion K range. The other problem would be considerable energy losses due to brehmsstrahlung and cyclotron radiation - assuming the fusion process would occur in a magnetically confined plasma.

Energy losses from a plasma increase with Z, the atomic number, because this is the number electrons that would be available from an atom with atomic numbe Z.