3) It was found that deuterium isotope separation easily happens by natural processes,and in particular that the concentration of heavy gases (such as helium) is increasingas gravitational settling and rainout in the interior of giant planets. (The so-called‘helium rain’) And such is most likely true for deuterium as well. Consequently, in the bowels of the giant planets may be regions of sufficient concentration of deuterium tosupport a detonation wave.And to reach these depths is not difficult, because the planet is liquid. (It should benoted that the temperature at depth in the giant planets is tens of thousands of degrees.However, depending on the results of computer modeling, (specifically on the timerequired for descent to target depths and the insulation efficiency of a many-layer sinking body containing the warhead) there may be in principle ways to insulate a bomb to a given pressure level if the concentration of thermonuclear fuel is known inthe target region before sinking the bomb there.)Thus the technology of explosion of the giant planets, in principle, may be reachablefor our civilization now.Finally, if somehow all the deuterium in the depths of Jupiter were to enter into a runaway thermonuclear reaction, then it will emit the energy equivalent of about
3000 years of luminescence of the Sun during a few tens of seconds.
That is enoughto disrupt the Earth's atmosphere and melt the upper few kilometers of soil, (anddeeper than that we cannot penetrate for shelter protection because of the hot interior of the earth) and destroy all future human colonies in the Solar system. Thus, theexplosion of the giant planets can be a powerful Doomsday Machine suitable for blackmailing --on any given fringe issue--the entirety of human civilization.And if such weapons would be created, there is the risk of their use. Themore widespread the capability, the greater the probability of their use. Now we should look on the various risks in more detail.There are some events which are very improbable, but whose consequencecould be infinitely large (e.g. black holes on the Large Hadron Collider—
if such athing could be done, it would end everything—at least for humanity.
). The possibilityof nuclear ignition of self-sustaining and spreading fusion reactions in giant planetslike Jupiter and Saturn which could lead to the explosion of said planet, is one of them.Several considerations suggest that an artificial explosion of the giant planetsis possible. Inside the giant planets are vast amounts of thermonuclear fuel under high pressure and at high density. This density for certain substances is higher (exceptwater, perhaps) than the density of these substances in any region of Earth.
At 10,000 kilometers below Jupiter's cloud top liquid hydrogen reaches a pressure of 1,000,000 bar with a temperature of 6,000° K. At this state hydrogenchanges into a phase of liquid metallic hydrogen. In this state, the hydrogen atomsbreak down yeilding ionized protons and electrons similar to the Sun'sinteriorhttp://www.solarviews.com/eng/jupiter.htm