Zero Power Plutonium Reactor

Zero Power Plutonium Reactor

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Credit: Argonne National Laboratory, courtesy EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES, Physics Today Collection/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Zero Power Plutonium Reactor (ZPPR). Technician from Argonne National Laboratory loading reactor materials into a face of the ZPPR, later known as the Zero Power Physics Reactor. ZPPR was designed, built and operated by Argonne for the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) at the National Reactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. It operated from 1969 to 1990. It only operated at low power to test reactor designs, such as fast-neutron breeder reactors. The drawers in the foreground contain arrays of stainless-steel-jacketed plates of plutonium, uranium, sodium, and other materials used in the reactor.

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