Physics: Energy from the nucleus

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Energy from the nucleus

Nuclear fission:

  • Nuclear fission is the splitting of an atomic nucleus
  • There are two fissionable isotopes in common use in nuclear reactors, uranium-235 and plutonium-239. The majority of nuclear reactors use uranium-235
  • Naturally occuring uranium is mostly uranium-238, which is not-fissionable. Most nuclear reactors use 'enriched' uranium that contains 2-3% uranium-235
  • For fission to…

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