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Title: Final report: Accelerated beta decay for disposal of fission fragment wastes

Abstract

The fundamental theory of the interaction of intense, low-frequency electromagnetic fields with certain radioactive nuclei has been fully formulated. The nuclei are of the type that exists in high-level radioactive wastes that are end products of the production of energy from nuclear fission. The basic physical mechanisms that underlie the coupling of the applied field to the nucleus have been identified. Both the basic theory and numerical predictions that stem from it support the conclusion that high-level radioactive wastes can be disposed of by substantially accelerating the rate of radioactive decay. Some old experiments on the acceleration of this type of radioactivity, with results that were not understood at the time, have been re-examined. Their interpretation is now clear, and the experiments are found to be in agreement with the theory.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Physics Department, American University, Washington, DC (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Research (ER) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
807793
DOE Contract Number:  
FG02-96ER12195
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 6 Mar 2000; PBD: 6 Mar 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ACCELERATION; BETA DECAY; DECAY; ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; FISSION; FISSION FRAGMENTS; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEI; PRODUCTION; RADIOACTIVITY; BETA-MINUS DECAY; TRANSMUTATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; SELECTION RULES; INTERACTIONS

Citation Formats

Reiss, Howard R. Final report: Accelerated beta decay for disposal of fission fragment wastes. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/807793.
Reiss, Howard R. Final report: Accelerated beta decay for disposal of fission fragment wastes. United States. doi:10.2172/807793.
Reiss, Howard R. Mon . "Final report: Accelerated beta decay for disposal of fission fragment wastes". United States. doi:10.2172/807793. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/807793.
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abstractNote = {The fundamental theory of the interaction of intense, low-frequency electromagnetic fields with certain radioactive nuclei has been fully formulated. The nuclei are of the type that exists in high-level radioactive wastes that are end products of the production of energy from nuclear fission. The basic physical mechanisms that underlie the coupling of the applied field to the nucleus have been identified. Both the basic theory and numerical predictions that stem from it support the conclusion that high-level radioactive wastes can be disposed of by substantially accelerating the rate of radioactive decay. Some old experiments on the acceleration of this type of radioactivity, with results that were not understood at the time, have been re-examined. Their interpretation is now clear, and the experiments are found to be in agreement with the theory.},
doi = {10.2172/807793},
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