extremely high temperature degenerate chemistry

Notes on electron-reduced chemistry used in nuclear fission and fusion processes (and as appearing in my screenplays) ... Ordinary chemistry research is constrained to temperatures in diamond-tipped presses, or skipped to electro-plasma-physics.

[See also absolute cold]

Application #1. LUB Liquid Uranium Bomb--

(The StarTrails Game) A scene of post-lecture-refreshments discussion -and subsequent scene doing,- of dropping an LUB into Jupiter, to detonate its liquid deuterium sublayer ...
SCI: "We had a choice of uranium difluoride which, at the elevated temperate in transition to fission, sheds electrons and condenses to dioxide density, but we thought that might be too deep -and this first-level electron-degeneracy chemistry we know very little: given the state of science funding under our commercial-Internet President,- so we've opted for uranium dioxide 4-4 phase-collapse to 4-5 dioxide in oxygen-depleted mode: also well above 4-thousand-K ...." (1999)
Uniformly full loss of just the outermost shallowest-workfunctioned electrons to the extremely hot medium (1 eV ~ 11K°), allows the molecule to continue as if constituted of -something somewhere between- chemical radicals, partially-used elements, or, next-adjacent elements --with different ionization potentials and different chemistry;-- ... either as if the first electron were used in another bond and the remainder available, -though no fixed atom holds the electrons to any molecular inter-atomic fixed angle,- or, like, the next-adjacent element with deeper electronic charge changing compound chemistry altogether, especially under such depth pressure ... The regime persists and so goes its -new- chemistry ... Different elements having different natural chemical structural properties which might be tailored to the application; --in this story, a liquified fissile radionuclide metal-oxide (-fluoride, etc.) that changes density abruptly -and so aided by its own collapse- to become critically compact ("critical mass") and detonate at the selected appropriate depth ... (It also had to be passivated against hydrogen-affinity, exhibited by many of the very-heavy metals, uranium, thorium, ...).
As another protagonist puts it: "A regular solid-to-liquid-state rube-goldberg device!"

Application #2. entrapping deuterons in dual-heavy-atom degenerate-molecular electron-cages--

(SECOND OPINIONS -FIRST TIES-) Rough equivalent to appending two heavy nuclei, to calculatedly crush the deutron to another in another cage ... cages could merge before breaking ...

The deeper electrons binding the mutually repulsive nuclei, slow halfway between, and stand as quadrupled charge-forces holding the whole together ... with open space between that can trap and cage a deuteron in a covalent double-bonded dual-nuclei molecule, as the story purports ... the four deep-seated electrons effectually bind the nuclei up to 16-strength (24-strength triple-bonded), and thus can handle high-temperature nuclear-fusion typically upwards of 50M° (depending on the trapping element; eg. Scandium) ... (Ideally, triple-bonded p-electrons effect a closed shell keeping the molecular shape most elastically constant at high temperature).

Application #2.b. removing the thermal electrons--

(ibid) A reference depiction of hot fusion enhanced by removing the thermal electrons that merely take energy, radiate uselessly and otherwise contraflow deuterons sent scattering,- keeping the binding electrons in place between the nuclei where they can draw and be drawn into efficient D+e+D → 4He + e (exchange-returned-e) or → T + p + e or → 3He + p + 2e or → T + n fusion ...

The containment structure utilizes the thermal-electron charge-displacement captured in glass-passivated inner walls (*) to maintain inward magnetic pressure on the charged deuteron-"fusand" plasma; thus minimizing mechanical structure strength-mass.

* (Cf 1980-90's science articles on capturing ions in glass-passivated walls, reducing surface temperature within a mm by retroflecting electrons.)

[under construction]

This article was developed in part for a project SesQuaTercet movie-story.

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