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OWOE - Nuclear Power - What is nuclear fission?
  Figure 1 - Fuel Equivalents of 1 Uranium Fuel Pellet (ANS)
 
Figure 1 - Fuel Equivalents of 1 Uranium Fuel Pellet (ANS)
 
What is nuclear fission?

Radioactive material, such as uranium, continuously emits alpha particles and gamma rays as it decays. When enough material is combined in one spot, particles from one piece excite the neighboring material, which then gives off more particles, leading to a continuous reaction called fission. A nuclear power plant captures the energy that fission creates to generate electricity.


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