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January 12, 2015, 10:43 pm

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Matter Converter Reactors (MCRs): 100 word piece of Sci-Fi Minutia


When a future imagines something as fantastic as faster than light travel it has also to imagine a fantastic power source.

Matter converter reactors (MCRs) generate energy by completely breaking down non-metallic matter into particles that effectively have no mass. MCRs move material through a series sub-atomic catalytic fields. This stepwise process releases many times the energy than nuclear chain reactions from the same material. MCRs have to be precisely calibrated to a single fuel molecule to maintain a controlled reaction. Coarse MCRs are a less efficient design that filters out impurities and uses the most common molecule in heterogeneous mixtures. Even the most advanced Dynastic reactor cannot contain a reaction chain of metals or other such relatively unstable nuclei.

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January 13, 2015, 4:29
And what with coefficent of efficenty? You must spend lots of energy just to break particles
January 13, 2015, 10:40
The assumption must be that the catalytic fields require less energy than is released by the reaction.
Voted Siren no Orakio
January 14, 2015, 20:40
Nothing wrong with it, though if consistency is important, I would suggest it be preferred to feed it monoatomic plasma of a standard input gas. It's relatively easy to sort by mass spectrometry, doesn't take that much juice to make, and it's... harder to feed it bizaare isomeric chemistries.



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