How do you split an atom?

2015-10-24 16:54
 
How do you split an atom?
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2015-10-24
Obtain a sufficient quantity of fissionable material. Any element above iron on the periodic table is a candidate for fissionable material, because it will release more energy upon fissioning than it takes to cause the fission process. Ideally, the material chosen should be "fissile," that is, capable of a sustained fission reaction; both uranium-235 and plutonium-239 are excellent fissile materials.
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2015-10-24
You usually use a neutron to "de-stabilize" the atom. The atom will then split and "restabilize". into two other atoms.
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2015-10-24
The most common method is by using an atom smasher(particle accelerator). You DON'T want to use atomic fission, as that makes a loud boom!
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2015-10-24
VERY carefully
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2015-10-24
In the early nuclear bombs they contained TNT and inside the TNT was uranium238 and a neutron emitter something to that effect and the TNT would explode imploding the plutonium and neutrons would create fission and split the atom (it exploded violently because it was unstable)
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2015-10-24
In a nuclear reactor they split the atom, uranium, (fission) and the energy released is what is used for power. That is the simple answer.
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2015-10-24
You need to expose a fissionable atom to neutrons. If and when the atom absorbs the neutron, it will acquire the neutrons kinetic energy (KE) plus energy called Binding Energy (BE) (a portion of the neutrons mass is converted to energy according to Einstein's equation E=mc^2)If the combined neutron KE plus BE is greater than a specific threshold (called Critical energy which is specific for each isotope) then fission can occur.
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2015-10-24
E=mc2 (Enstiens theory) It is energy that splits the atom. Fission.

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