We propose a feasibility study on the use of muon catalysed fusion (MCF) in the hydrogen isotope mixtures as intense neutron sources and hybrid fusion/fission reactors. Experiment and theory will provide a scientific base from which optimal parameters can be provided to the source design studies. The data will be of use in other fields. The project includes:
a) HCF Experiments and Theory. Presently these give 150 dt®an fusions per muon stopped in a D/T mixture and indicate higher fusion rates from H/D/T triplet mixtures for lover tritium inventories, we propose to complete studies on critical D/T parameters and make the first systematic measurements on triplet H/D/T mixtures in the pressure ranges;
i) 0.05-0.2 k.bar; target designed and built at St.-Petersburg Nuclear Physics Xnstitute (PNPI, Gatchina) for use at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Switzerland);All relevant muon channels will be calculated; the resulting computer code of the kinetics of MCF will use this measured, compre-hensive data set to derive the optimal parameters (temperature, pressure, isotopic composition) of the hydrogen isotope mixture for neutron production.
ii) ® 0.8 k.bar, and iii) ® 8 k.bar; both targets designed, build and operated by the Russian Federal Nuclear Center (RFNC, Arzamas-16) for use at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna).
b) Tritium Containment and Recovery. Such will be developed by RFNC in collaboration with the All-Russian Institute of Non-organic Materials.
c) Basic Neutron Source and MCF-Reactor. Such will be performed by MUCATEX in collaboration with various non-FSU Countries.