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The so called Innovative Options, within the field of nuclear fission systems, promize radical improvements in the fuel cycle with regard to waste disposal, non-proliferation and the possibility of severe accidenets. In particular, new systems based on the use of accelerators and thorium [1,2,3 ] have been proposed for nuclear power production and waste incineration.
In this paper we consider potential proliferation problems associated with these innovative options - in particular the choice of nuclear materials (e.g. accelerator driven sub-critical systems), and the reprocessing scheme. In particular, a metric for the assessment of the proliferation potential of nuclear material inventories at any stage in the fuel cycle is developed. In addition, considerations of the use of the accelerator beam current for clandestine fissile material production are presented.

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Authors: MAGILL J, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);PEERANI P, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);VAN GEEL J, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Workshop on Innovative Options in the Field of Nuclear Energy, Centre de Physique des Houches (FR), April 27th-May 1st, 1998
Availability: Available from DG XIII D-2 as Paper EN 41956 ORA
Record Number: 199910232 / Last updated on: 1999-03-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en