Energy from nuclear fission
INFN - Genova, Italy
Published online: 2 October 2018
The main features of nuclear fission as a physical phenomenon will be revisited, emphasizing its peculiarities with respect to other nuclear reactions. Some basic concepts underlying the operation of nuclear reactors and the main types of reactors will be illustrated, including fast reactors, showing the most important differences among them. The nuclear cycle and radioactive nuclear waste production will be also discussed, along with the perspectives offered by next-generation nuclear assemblies being proposed. The current situation of nuclear power in the world, its role in reducing carbon emission and the available resources will be briefly illustrated.
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