Register to reply

Neutron radiation

by LogicalAcid
Tags: neutron, radiation
Share this thread:
LogicalAcid
#1
Dec30-10, 06:17 PM
P: 137
Just wanna see if I got this.

When a neutron comes into contact with a nucleus of an atom, two things (that I know of) can happen. One is that the nucleus can absorb the neutron, this typically happens in lighter atoms due to the stronger force over the smaller nucleus being able to withstand the impact and not break apart (this part I made up myself, because I think it may be true), and the nucleus absorbs the kinetic energy of the neutron. This can cause the nucleus to become unstable, due to the energy of the neutron being transferred to the nucles. This typically results in beta decay. If the nucleus is much larger, it may break apart completely, or undergo fission
Phys.Org News Partner Physics news on Phys.org
New complex oxides could advance memory devices
Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies
UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time
mathman
#2
Dec31-10, 03:52 PM
Sci Advisor
P: 6,112
There are more possibilities. The most common is elastic scattering (bouncing). Others include simple absorption (H1 becomes H2) and also other decay processes besides beta.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
How to calculate radiation dose from neutron source. High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics 6
Dose of radiation from the neutron source Introductory Physics Homework 1
Neutron Anti-Neutron Anihilation High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics 14
Neutron motion inside a neutron Introductory Physics Homework 0
Is neutron-neutron fusion easier to facilitate than proton-proton General Physics 5