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Controllable decay power

  1. Dec 13, 2016 #1
    Beryllium-7 decay with electron capture, if you strip away all the electrons, no decay will occur.
    Suppose that we can somehow turn the generated gamma ray into usable energy, what does it take to confine Beryllium ions into an electron free medium and only feed electron into it when power is needed?
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  3. Dec 13, 2016 #2


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    It would require magnetic confinement and a huge potential difference. As such it would be impractical.
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