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Beryllium as nuclear fuel

  1. Dec 8, 2013 #1
    4Be8 + 0n1 → 3Li7 +2 0n1

    Can we use above reaction for the production of neutrons? Is it possible to obtain a sustainable chain reaction when using Be as fuel?
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  3. Dec 8, 2013 #2


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    Where does the 8Be come from? It is way too short-living to be the fuel of any reaction.
  4. Dec 8, 2013 #3


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    mfb is right. With a half life of 7*10^-17 s, a neutron would have a hard time finding a Be-8 nucleus before it spontaneously decayed. There also won't be an massive quantities of this material lying around either.
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