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Fission-free Fusion Explosion by Chemical First Stage
Physicist seems to have found a way to achieve a fusion/hydrogen bomb with basically no fallout (a bang, x-rays, and gamma rays). Using a boron laced HMX chemical explosive sphere imploding on a liquid deuterium-tritium core, you can theoretically achieve 1000x gain over the conventional explosive (assuming a 30cm sphere yielding a 25 ton explosion. Not big on the atomic bomb scale in terms of gain factor or raw explosive power, but the no fallout part is kinda attractive from certain applications, such as Project Orion or Medusa class space propulsion.
HMX  research  physics  medusa  orion  project  propulsion  space  atomic  hydrogen  nuclear  tritium  deuterium  liquid  doped  laced  boron  stage  first  chemical  bomb  fusion  free  fission  Delicious 
january 2013 by asteroza Existence (9780765303615): David Brin: Books
Apparently a very well executed first contact scifi story.
contact  first  scifi  book  Delicious 
june 2012 by asteroza

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