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ERIC Number: EJ825824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Graphical Examination of Uranium and Plutonium Fissility
Reed, B. Cameron
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n3 p446-450 Mar 2008
The issue of why only particular isotopes of uranium and plutonium are suitable for use in nuclear weapons is analyzed with the aid of graphs and semiquantitative discussions of parameters such as excitation energies, fission barriers, reaction cross-sections, and the role of processes such as [alpha]-decay and spontaneous fission. The goal is to provide readers with a ready reference for dealing with questions regarding which isotopes are of concern in discussions of weapons proliferation. (Contains 4 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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