Chemical Reaction Energy Release and Propellants

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Sat Feb 05 2000 - 15:52:00 MST

Robert J. Bradbury writes:

> Jeepers, I can't believe this group, how come you don't all have
> Physical Chemistry books on your desk? I'm surprised you can even

No. Mine is temporarily out of reach, in the other building. (And the
bulk of my library is still in Germany, this really hurts). We don't
have book warez residing in wearables, yet.

> survive in this world... After all its the basis for life itself...
> ... I wounder if I should move over to sci.chemistry, where the
> *real men* hang out...
Yeah, like Archimedes Plutonium et al.

sci.chemistry is impossible to read without a heavy filter (or a lot
of spare time on your hand).

> Now, getting back to the atomic hydrogen question, there is
> a ref on the net:
> But unfortunately it doesn't provide much detail.

I've made a superficial websearch which came up with

which looks useful.

> table is presumably the theoretical limit and you have to discount
> it if you are "freezing" atomic H in He by the H/He ratio. If you've
> got energy to burn (or atomic assembly), it might be a very nice fuel,
> particularly for things like "deceleration" in remote star systems.
> Robert

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