|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]
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!"
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).
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.)
This article was developed in part for a project SesQuaTercet movie-story.