Beta particle Alpha radiation consists of helium nuclei and is readily stopped by a sheet of paper.
Alpha particle Alpha particles consist of two protons and two neutrons bound together into a particle identical to a helium nucleus.
Plutonium is the heaviest primordial element by virtue of its most stable isotope, plutonium-244, whose half-life of about 80 million years is just long enough for the element to be found in trace quantities in nature. Plutonium is mostly a byproduct of nuclear reactions in reactors where some of the neutrons released by the fission process convert uranium-238 nuclei into plutonium. Both plutonium-239 and plutonium-241 are fissile, meaning that they can sustain a nuclear chain reaction, leading to applications in nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. Plutonium-240 exhibits a high rate of spontaneous fission, raising the neutron flux of any sample containing it. Plutonium
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Very-high-temperature reactor scheme. The very-high-temperature reactor (VHTR), or high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR), is a Generation IV reactor concept that uses a graphite-moderated nuclear reactor with a once-through uranium fuel cycle. The VHTR is a type of high-temperature reactor (HTR) that can conceptually have an outlet temperature of 1000 °C. Very high temperature reactor
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Photo: Thomas Hannich Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke | Magazine
Thorium fuel cycle The thorium fuel cycle is a nuclear fuel cycle that uses the naturally abundant isotope of thorium, 232Th, as the fertile material. In the reactor, 232Th is transmuted into the fissile artificial uranium isotope 233U which is the nuclear fuel. Unlike natural uranium, natural thorium contains only trace amounts of fissile material (such as 231Th), which are insufficient to initiate a nuclear chain reaction.
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Reactor Thorium reactors would be cheap.
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Credit: Justin Randall What if we could build a nuclear reactor that offered no possibility of a meltdown, generated its power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade by-products, and burnt up existing high-level waste as well as old nuclear weapon stockpiles? New age nuclear
(Updated 16 November 2013) Thorium is more abundant in nature than uranium.It is fertile rather than fissile, and can only be used as a fuel in conjunction with a fissile material such as recycled plutonium.Thorium fuels can breed fissile uranium-233 to be used in various kinds of nuclear reactors.Molten salt reactors are well suited to thorium fuel, as normal fuel fabrication is avoided. The use of thorium as a new primary energy source has been a tantalizing prospect for many years. Thorium
Workers at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the northeastern coast of Japan have been struggling to keep reactors there from overheating. Interactive: A Visual Guide Inside Japan's Reactors
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1800 GMT, 18 March 2011 Zena Iovino, reporter Short Sharp Science: Nuclear crisis: 'Chain reaction could restart'
Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 With muddled media reports of the ongoing crisis, we spell out exactly what has happened up to 15 March, and what might happen next Which reactors have been hit hardest by the quake, and where are they? Two major nuclear power plants are at the heart of the crisis, both of which were hit by the quake and the tsunami. Japan's nuclear crisis: The story so far - environment - 15 March 2011
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