Nuclear reactions

  • #1
Hello all,

Assume we have a deuterium-tritium reaction. The energy released is 17.6 MeV. I know from solved examples that neutrons carry 14.1 MeV and Helium carries 3.5 MeV. How do I calculate these numbers (14.1 MeV and 3.5 MeV)?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
35,918
12,744
Energy and momentum conservation. Assume that the lab frame is the center of mass frame, and then see how to distribute the energy to give both the same momentum (just with opposite sign).
 
  • #3
15
2
Looks like the energy is shared between the products inversely proportional to their mass
 

Related Threads on Nuclear reactions

  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
9K
  • Last Post
Replies
7
Views
2K
Replies
6
Views
930
  • Last Post
Replies
7
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
17
Views
3K
Replies
2
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
14K
Top