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Nuclear substitute

  1. Feb 26, 2006 #1
    I am not too well versed on computer engineering or nuclear chemistry.

    If a photon can be substituted for the elctron in the logic process of computing (optical computing), why not use a radioactive element in decay emitting gamma rays in place of a photon? Disregard the harmful side effects.

    I am not too sure if it is coherent enough, but if the idea of an optical computer is to transmit lgith waves, why not use smaller wavelengths such as the wavelength of the gamma ray?
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  3. Mar 1, 2006 #2


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    Well it is a matter that gamma rays from a single atom are not predictable, i.e. each decay is a random event, and the direction of emission is also random.

    In addition, gamma rays scatter from electrons in the atom from whose nucleus they are emitted, as well as the other atoms nearby.

    So it's not a very well controlled process.
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