The common properties of the "fertile" isotopes

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A "fertile" isotope is defined as a long-lived isotope from which, as a result of a (n,γ) reaction, we obtain a fissile isotope of a different element. It was found that most of the fertile isotopes have a 22 - N = 38 value and that these isotopes are the most stable isotopes in their corresponding elements. It was also found that the largest number of "stable" nuclei have a 2Z - N = 38 "magic" value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-409
Number of pages2
JournalNuclear Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

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  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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