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Why we need heavy water to produce plutonium?

  1. May 21, 2008 #1
    why we need heavy water to produce plutonium?
     
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  3. May 21, 2008 #2

    vanesch

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    We don't.
     
  4. May 21, 2008 #3

    mgb_phys

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    ;-)

    To the OP - look up 'moderator'
     
  5. May 21, 2008 #4

    Astronuc

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    Heavy water is one way to get a more desirable neutron energy spectrum for the production of Pu-239. There are other ways, so HW is not necessary.
     
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