Solar Radiation and Nuclear Waste

In summary, solar radiation is more spread out while nuclear radiation is more focused. Solar radiation is also easier to shield against than nuclear radiation. Solar panels convert solar radiation into electricity. Nuclear waste has charged particles and gamma rays that are more difficult to shield against and can cause great damage to our bodies.
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I am looking for detailed information to understand the actual differences between solar radiation from the Sun and radiation from High Level Nuclear waste.

What are te similarities?
What are the differences?

What tools and methods can be used to measure the strength of each?

I what to learn more about the fundementals, but need some crib notes to get started in the right direction.

Any suggestion?
 
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For starters: Solar radiation covers the entire e-m spectrum, peaking around visible. Nuclear waste radiation consists of charged particles, which are easy to shield against, and gamma rays, which are very high energy (higher than x-rays) photons, which are difficult to shield against and are the most dangerous.
 
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It depends what type of waste you are talking about. They all have different decay paths.

But yea in general the sun outputs mostly photon radiation whereas the latter (or naturally occurring radiaocative sources) cany radiate charged particles (alpha/beta etc).

We of course are shielded from much of the suns radiation by our atmosphere. Ozone interacts with many of the photons that are incoming.
 
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Thank you for your response. This forum was a great resource to find in disucssing these questions I have!

So is it the photons particles that provide the fuel/energy that generate electricity from solar panels?

I am to understand that spent fuel from power plants fuel do not generate photons?
But rather charged particles (alpha & beta)?
 
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Yes, solar EM is the energy for Solar panels, Solar panels convert that into Electricity.

Nulcear waste have both beta alpha an gamma (photons), but the photons from nuclear waste have in general much higher energies that the ones that comes from the Sun, so they are much harder to shield and causes great damage in our boides.

Also the EM-radiation from the sun are (almost) continous, and the photons from Nuclear waste have more discrete energy distribution.
 

Related to Solar Radiation and Nuclear Waste

What is solar radiation?

Solar radiation is energy emitted by the sun in the form of electromagnetic waves. It includes visible light, infrared radiation, and ultraviolet radiation.

How does solar radiation impact nuclear waste?

Solar radiation can impact nuclear waste in several ways. It can affect the stability and containment of the waste, as well as the surrounding environment. Solar radiation can also impact the decay rate of radioactive materials, potentially altering the timeline for safe disposal of nuclear waste.

What is the difference between direct and indirect solar radiation?

Direct solar radiation is the energy that reaches the Earth's surface without being scattered or absorbed by the atmosphere. Indirect solar radiation is the energy that is reflected, scattered, or absorbed by the atmosphere before reaching the Earth's surface.

How do scientists measure solar radiation?

Scientists use instruments called radiometers to measure solar radiation. These devices can measure the intensity and spectrum of solar radiation at different wavelengths. They are also used to measure the amount of solar radiation that is absorbed or reflected by different materials.

Can solar radiation be used to safely dispose of nuclear waste?

Currently, solar radiation is not used to safely dispose of nuclear waste. However, there have been studies exploring the potential for using solar energy to neutralize radioactive materials. This process, known as photochemical reduction, has shown promising results but is not yet a widely used method for disposing of nuclear waste.

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