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What is Nuclear Fission Starting with nuclear fission is important because nuclear energy is being looked at as one of the next main power sources of the future and this energy is made through the process of nuclear fission Nuclear Fission is the main way of producing nuclear energy it occurs when a free neutron with a heavy element is split into two smaller nuclei Fission reactions release neutrons gamma rays beta rays and a extremely large amount of heat Any combination of lighter nuclei may be produced as long as the total number of protons and neutrons equal those in the original fissioning neuclous httphyperionadvanced-org3471noNetscapefissionhtml with the energy that we get from nuclear fission we also get large amounts of nuclear waste The main three types of nuclear waste that we get are alpha radiation beta radiation and gamma radiation In this paper I will discuss gamma radiation also known as gamma decay and how I believe that this form of waste should be used because of all the possible ways it could benefit us It also would help in the removal of some of our nuclear waste because it would be putting a waste that once did nothing to practical use Why does Gamma Decay occur Gamma decay occurs because the nucleus is at energy state that is too high The nucleus falls down to a lower energy state and in the process emits a high energy photon known as a gamma particle wwwbionetschulederadiodatathreetypeshtml A photon is a small unit of light and is also referred to as gamma rays Gamma rays are like X rays only much more energetic and harmful to humans These rays were previously only made in outer space and absorbed by the ozone but because of pollution we have -N burned a hole into the ozone which is letting them through We are also
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