Nuclear fission and the transuranium elements

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Many of the transuranium elements are produced and isolated in large quantities through the use of neutrons furnished by nuclear fission reactions: plutonium (atomic number 94) in ton quantities; neptunium (93), americium (95), and curium (96) in kilogram quantities; berkelium (97) in 100 milligram quantities; californium (98) in gram quantities; and einsteinium (99) in milligram quantities. Transuranium isotopes have found many practical applications---as nuclear fuel for the large-scale generation of electricity, as compact, long-lived power sources for use in space exploration, as means for diagnosis and treatment in the medical area, and as tools in numerous industrial processes. Of particular ... continued below

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Seaborg, G.T. February 1, 1989.

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Many of the transuranium elements are produced and isolated in large quantities through the use of neutrons furnished by nuclear fission reactions: plutonium (atomic number 94) in ton quantities; neptunium (93), americium (95), and curium (96) in kilogram quantities; berkelium (97) in 100 milligram quantities; californium (98) in gram quantities; and einsteinium (99) in milligram quantities. Transuranium isotopes have found many practical applications---as nuclear fuel for the large-scale generation of electricity, as compact, long-lived power sources for use in space exploration, as means for diagnosis and treatment in the medical area, and as tools in numerous industrial processes. Of particular interest is the unusual chemistry and impact of these heaviest elements on the periodic table. This account will feature these aspects. 9 refs., 5 figs.

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  • Fifty years with nuclear fission conference, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, 25 Apr 1989

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  • Other: DE89010586
  • Report No.: LBL-26688
  • Report No.: CONF-890406-8
  • Grant Number: AC03-76SF00098
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6316916
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1209312

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Seaborg, G.T. Nuclear fission and the transuranium elements, article, February 1, 1989; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1209312/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.