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Tritium problem

  1. Jan 14, 2017 #1
    Why tritium is a problematic isotope in current nuclear energy production. Is it because of its mobility or being a beta emitter?

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  3. Jan 14, 2017 #2


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    Anything radioactive is problematic, particular those radioisotopes that can readily be taken up by the body. Tritium is a by-product of nuclear power plants.

    In addition to the fact that T is radioactive (producing a low energy beta), it can exchange with H in water forming, THO or even T2O, which could be absorbed by living tissue and present a potential problem in sufficient quantity with respect to cell damage.
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