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Asset-ID: A-020

Form Factor: Inanimate

Threat Level: Green

Hazards: Radiation, Contact, Meta-Physical

Active Protocols: All instances of A-020 are to be stored within an activated Titanium Hydride ingot in a high-value item container in Sector H of Site-002, along with a separate container holding A-020-1 inside a cushioned briefcase. A-020's container must be inspected on a bi-weekly basis for any signs of a leak to avoid a containment breach and possible contamination.

During testing, admitted personnel must wear the appropriate A-020 Handling Gear with the activated Titanium Hydride ingot to be discharged to extract A-020. The decomposed ingot may be recycled into a reversible containment vessel for future use.

The chamber holding both A-020 and A-020-1 must be evacuated of all biological tissues during testing.

Description: A-020 is a 20.63kg (as of July 2018) mass of Tritium Hydrogen isotope with a Muon replacing each one of the Tritium atom's electrons. A-020-1 is a Muon-catalyzed fusion apparatus used to test and/or use A-020 as an energy source.

As there are no known naturally occurring Muon-Tritium sources, instances of A-020 suggests of an artificial production. Such procedure requires a power of ██GW and only has 1% chance of creating one atom of A-020. Artificially creating the mass of A-020 is—with all intents and purposes—impossible.

However, the Muon that replaces one of the electrons in A-020 atoms does not decay into e, νe or νμ within 2.1969811(22)×10−6 s. Instead, the Muons seem to permanently attach into the Tritium isotope. Nonetheless, the Tritium isotope will decay half its mass into Helium-3 and Muon in 1█.██ years. At this rate, all instances of A-020 will decay by ██/██/20██ or sooner, depending on the usage of A-020.

Research on using instances of A-020 as a Muon-catalyzed fusion (Cold Fusion) as an energy source has been approved by Primis Officer 05 in ██/██/199█. The result was a fusion reaction occurring at approximately 3██ Kelvin with a power output of ██ GW. The Helium-3 byproduct of the reaction shows no extranormal traits.

Addendum: Recovery Log: Instances of A-020 were discovered within a Palladium Hydride ingot inside an abandoned Soviet nuclear weapons storage bunker near █████ in the Siberian Permafrost. Along with A-020, the plans of harnessing A-020 as an energy source along with the Muon-catalyzed fusion apparatus (later designated as A-020-1) were also seized into Initiative custody.

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