Friday, June 12, 2015
(proposal for) Electromagnetism Induced Enrichment of Tritium and Other Heavy Elements
Have a pool of helium and hydrogen with a large electromagnet with the negative pole on one end of the pool, and the positive end on the other side.
There are three chambers separated by walls, or at least one chamber with sponge-layers on either side of the unit. The negative wall is a medium that can absorb protons or allow protons to pass through it, and the positive wall is a medium that can absorb electrons or allow electrons to pass through it.
The negative pole provides sufficient negative electromagnetic force to synthetically provide atomic stability to the helium atoms that are in the pool by simulating an electron or the force of an electron enough for them to “want” to shed an electron. This electron is absorbed by the electron-sponge wall if need be. Simultaneously the positive pole provides sufficient positive electromagnetic force to have this same effect, but have the helium release a proton. With an electron and a proton shed from the helium, this would leave one with deuterium. One can attempt to do this with a lithium solution in an attempt to gain tritium.
The electron-sponge would ideally be a material that is prone to absorbing electrons and can hold an extra electron in a stable configuration, and the proton-sponge would be a material that is prone to absorbing protons.
This requires a very strong electro magnet; strong enough to overpower the electrostatic force to rob the element of the electron, and also induce proton decay in the nucleus of an atom that is proton-heavy. This may be impossible, or entirely energy inefficient.
The idea is that the charged particles are induced into complete decay, losing their protons and electrons to their respective sponges, leaving the neutrons to be absorbed by the solvent in the middle, as these particles are unaffected by either magnetic pole.
Another strategy would be to use decay-prone elements to lessen the amount of electromagnetic force needed to loose these particles, as the particles would be more naturally inclined to be shed, and this means they would be picked up by the solvent. This would also involve having the unstable elements immersed within a hydrogen solution, or a solution of whatever element one is attempting to enrich.
This seems safe, as proton decay and electron decay happen naturally without starting chain reactions. This may be a slow process, and this can be advantageous to see that the neutrons being shed are not profuse enough to start a chain reaction and begin fusion. The idea being that the fusion is prevented when there are insufficient protons and electrons to create the helium, as these have been absorbed by the sponges.
The sponges could be removed once the reactor has had it’s contents drained by any chemical reaction that would return the sponge to it’s natural state. This could be done by taking the sponges out and placing them in a separate tank. This time placing the electron-sponge by the negative pole, and the proton-sponge by the positive pole. These would shed their extra contents if they had become unstable, and these would pass through a medium of an element heavy enough in neutrons to absorb the decayed particles, ideal elements for the cleaning element would be neutron heavy, and upon absorbing a derelict proton and electron would now a stable form of the next sequential element.
There may also be another strategy, if the nuclear forces are prone to warping, one can have a harmonic constructive magnetic pulse that would push the element to the extremes of it’s ability to retain it’s control over the atoms, this would be much like pulling a rope taught before attempting to cut it, as this makes the work much easier.
I have no idea on the amount of power and electromagnetic energy it would take to theoretically accomplish this, so I have no perception of the feasibility of this idea.