Energy from nuclear fission
INFN, Sezione di Genova – Genova, Italy
Published online: 16 December 2020
The physics of nuclear fission will be briefly illustrated, from the basic mechanism behind this phenomenon to the relevant physical quantities like nuclear cross sections, neutron flux and reaction products, together with the accompanying phenomenon of neutron capture and its role in determining how the fuel transforms in a nuclear reactor. The basic concepts underlying the operation of different types of nuclear reactors will be illustrated, along with the concept of fuel cycle. After touching on the aspect of safety, the current situation of nuclear power in the world, with its costs, its role in reducing carbon emissions, the available resources and finally the issues of waste management and accidents will be briefly illustrated.
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