From: Lawrence Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat May 31 2003 - 20:53:58 EDT
Dear fellow ASA-ers:
In the June issue of Perspectives there is a nice article by Ian
Hutchinson, about his work on fusion power, in magnetic
This reminds me of a question that keeps coming back to me so I
hope there is someone on our List who can help me understand why
there is a hope that fusion power will someday be a practical
Hutchinson talks about the D-T (Deuterium-Tritium)reaction as
being the fuel. I can see where there is a natural source of
Deuterium in heavy water. But where can you find an economical
source of Tritium? My understanding is that tritium is made in
fission reactors, so there is enough to do experiments with. But
where would one get commercially important amounts of Tritium?
I hope someone is lurking who has some knowledge of this field.
May God richly bless, Larry Johnston
Lawrence H. Johnston home: 917 E. 8th st.
professor of physics, emeritus Moscow, Id 83843
University of Idaho (208) 882-2765
Fellow of the American Physical Society
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