Topics of the experiment are:
The Silicon Detectors picture.
Among nuclear reactions, fission is very spectacular and of the
greatest practical importance. The most famous is that of 235U which,
when bombarded by neutrons, splits into two fragments, which fly
apart. This phenomenon is called fission (Hahn and Strassmann, 1939).
It is accompanied by emission ("evaporation") of neutrons
which can induce fission of another nucleus and thus offer the
possibility of a chain reaction. Some heavy radioactive nuclei
undergo fission spontaneously, without outside stimulation
(spontaneous fission; Flerov and Peterjak, 1940). This mode of
fission is being used in this experiment.
-Understanding the physics of spontaneous nuclear fission.
-Experience in working with semiconducting silicon detectors and nuclear electronics.
-Experience with modern techniques of data taking procedure.
Instructions for the Nuclear Fission experiment. MS Word or Acrobat pdf
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