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Half-Life of Fission Products

  1. Sep 2, 2010 #1
    Is there any way we can decrease the half life of isotopes in nuclear waste? such as mutate to some other radionuclides that have a relatively shorter half life than the original isotopes generated by depleted fuel?

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  3. Sep 2, 2010 #2

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    The idea has been kicked around for a while.

    Accelerator-driven transmutation of nuclear waste and electrical power production
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/m8674w1m22n21k51/

    Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative
    Transmutation System Design
    http://www.ne.anl.gov/research/afc/transmutation_system_design/

    Why Accelerator-Driven Transmutation of Wastes Enables Future Nuclear Power?
    http://neutron.kth.se/publications/conference_papers/W_Gudowski_FR202_1.PDF

    R&D ACTIVITIES ON ACCELERATOR-DRIVEN TRANSMUTATION SYSTEM IN JAERI ...
    www.nea.fr/pt/docs/iem/lasvegas04/11_Session_V/S5_03.pdf

    . . . .

    To be economical, the idea is to produce electrical energy in excess of the energy driving the process - or at least break even.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2010 #3
    thx a lot, this completely answers my question! :cool:
     
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