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Fission Product Buildup and Decay

  • Bahman Zohuri
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Abstract

Nuclear fission products are the atomic fragments left after a large atomic nucleus undergoes nuclear fission. Typically, a nucleus that has a large atomic mass like uranium could fission by splitting into two smaller nuclei, along with a few neutrons. This process results in release of heat energy such as kinetic energy of the nuclei and gamma rays. The fission products themselves are often unstable and radioactive, due to being relatively neutron-rich for their high atomic number, and many of them quickly undergo beta decay. This releases additional energy in the form of beta particles, antineutrinos, and gamma rays. Thus, fission events normally result in beta radiation and antineutrinos, even though these particles are not produced directly by the fission event itself.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahman Zohuri
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  1. 1.Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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