The discovery that thunderstorms can trigger nuclear reactions provides insight into the physics of atmospheric electricity and unveils a previously unknown natural source of radioactive isotopes on Earth.
A nuclear meltdown is an informal term for a severe nuclear reactor accident that results in core damage from overheating. The term is not officially defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency or by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Nuclear fission is a nuclear reaction in which the nucleus of an atom splits into smaller parts (lighter nuclei).
#OnThisDay Today we celebrate the 154th birth anniversary of #NobelPrize winning German physicist Wilhelm Wien who developed the Wiens displacement law of the black body radiation. Wien is best known for his work on heat radiation which resulted in among others his laws on displacement (1893) and distribution (1896) and earned him the 1911 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wien also made contributions to the study of cathode rays (electron beams) X-rays and canal rays (positively charged atomic…
Neutron-Induced Nuclear Fission: Collision of a relatively slow-moving neutron with a fissile nucleus can split it into two smaller nuclei with the same or different masses. Neutrons are also released in the process, along with a great deal of energy.