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What is an Optically Coupled Reactor?

  1. Mar 4, 2013 #1
    Hello all,

    I've been interested in nuclear power and how it applies to space propulsion for awhile now. I've come across a term though that I don't quite understand.

    What is an optically coupled reactor? In context, it says that the design "separates the power conversion system from the reactor". Is this the intrinsic definition or a just advantage of using such a reactor?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2013 #2
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