Nuclear Chemistry

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What is a breeder reactor?

A breeder reactor is a type of nuclear reactor that is capable of generating fissile material (material that can sustain a chain fission reaction) faster than it uses it up. This is accomplished by using the neutrons given off in the fission reaction to generate additional isotopes capable of fusion. Typically this involves the use of either thorium to generate fissile uranium or uranium to generate fissile plutonium.


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