Evaluation of Antiproton Catalyzed Fusion for Interstellar Propulsion
by Richard Obousy
Due to the ability of antiprotons to annihilate with ordinary matter with 100% efficiency, antiprotons serve as an exceptionally high-energy density storage mechanism. Upon annihilation, sufficient energy can be generated to trigger fusion reactions. In this paper we study a variety of ways that antiprotons can be utilized as drivers for fusion ignition. In addition, we explore a number of specific anti-proton driven fusion propulsion concepts. The technological maturity of such concepts is examined, and recommendations given for future Project Icarus research pertaining to this study.
This is a submission of the Project Icarus Study Group.
Keywords: antiproton catalyzed fusion, interstellar propulsion, fusion propulsion, Project Icarus.
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