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. The most common reaction used in breeder reactors involves the bombardment of uranium-238 with neutrons: 238 U is converted by this bombardment to 239 U . The uranium-239 then undergoes two beta decays. first to 239 Np , and then to 239 Pu , which is a fissionable material and the desired product. Write balanced nuclear equations for the bombardment reaction and the two beta-decay reactions.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Interpret nuclear bombardment reaction for reaction of U-238 with neutron to produce U-239 which undergoes beta decay to produce Pu-239.

Concept Introduction:

The decaying of an atom takes place by three type of decay such as alpha decay, beta decay, gama decay.

In alpha decay, an alpha particle with mass 4m and electron 2e removed from nuclide while in beta decay two type of decay are possible beta (+) and beta (-). In gamma decay, nuclide will remain same to the original one.

Explanation

The nuclear reaction is:

92U238+0n1  92U239   93

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