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Why does Uranium-238 absorb fast moving neutrons

  1. Jun 13, 2008 #1
    Hi all.
    Why does Uranium-238 absorb fast moving neutrons very well but not slow moving ones?
    My intuition tells me it should be the other way around but its not.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Jun 13, 2008 #2

    strongmotive

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  4. Jun 13, 2008 #3
    Hmm, I still don't really get it.
     
  5. Jun 13, 2008 #4

    vanesch

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    U-238 captures slow neutrons as well as fast, and even a bit more slow than fast. However, U-235 fissions MUCH MORE easily with slow neutrons than with fast, and hence the ratio for fission in U-235 over capture in U-238 is more favorable for slow neutrons than for fast.
     
  6. Jun 13, 2008 #5
    Oh ok, I get it now. Thanks very much.
     
  7. Jun 13, 2008 #6

    malawi_glenn

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    it has to with the pairing force, the answer vanesh gave you.
     
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