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* Pressure - temperature - ideal gases - brownian motion - radiative ablation - ionization - plasmas
* Pressure - temperature - ideal gases - brownian motion - radiative ablation - ionization - plasmas
* The atom - the nucleus - periodic table - size scales (electron vs proton vs neutron vs alpha particle vs large nucleus vs atomic radius vs molecular size)
* The atom - the nucleus - periodic table - size scales (electron vs proton vs neutron vs alpha particle vs large nucleus vs atomic radius vs molecular size)
* Electodynamics - strong nuclear force - weak nuclear force - quantum tunneling - radiations (alpha, beta, gamma) - transmutations (there are many!)
* Shell models of the atom and nucleus - Coulomb potentials - Yukawa potentials - neutron absorption and scattering
* Electodynamics - strong nuclear force - weak nuclear force - quantum tunneling
** Thermal neutrons can't classically cross Coulomb repulsions, but tunneling permits π-induced fission
* Stable and unstable isotopes - half-life / expected time to decay
* Radiations (alpha, beta, gamma) - transmutations (there are many!)
* Liquid drop model - superdeformation - hyperdeformation
* Liquid drop model - superdeformation - hyperdeformation
===Reactor Physics/Fuel Cycle===
===Reactor Physics/Fuel Cycle===
* Oklo (Gabon) natural reactor - Natural materials:
** Uranium. Terrestrial uranium ore of this epoch tends toward a 99.284%/0.711%/0.0058% <sup>238</sup>/<sup>235</sup>/<sup>234</sup>U split.
** Thorium.
* Neutron moderators - fueling - MOX - breeders - feedbacks - inherently safe designs
* Neutron moderators - fueling - MOX - breeders - feedbacks - inherently safe designs
* Four-factor formula - criticality control - fuel burnup - fission products - fission poisons - Xe<sup>135</sup> - Sm<sup>149</sup>
* Four-factor formula - criticality control - fuel burnup - fission products - fission poisons - <sup>135</sup>Xe - <sup>149</sup>Sm
* Intertial confinement fusion - hydromagnetic confinement fusion - cold fusion - bubble fusion
* Intertial confinement fusion - hydromagnetic confinement fusion - cold fusion - bubble fusion
* Etienne Parent (2003). "[http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/17027/54495851.pdf Nuclear Fuel Cycles for Mid-Century Deployment]".
* Etienne Parent (2003). "[http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/17027/54495851.pdf Nuclear Fuel Cycles for Mid-Century Deployment]".