High Flux Isotope Reactor

High Flux Isotope Reactor

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Credit: Union Carbide Corporation's Nuclear Division, courtesy EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES, Physics Today Collection/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: High Flux Isotope Reactor. Researchers using a crane to remove and insert fuel rods at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA. Planned in the 1950s, this research reactor went operational in 1965 and is projected to continue operating beyond 2040. It produces neutron fluxes or 'beams' (both thermal and cold) for use in research in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology, as well as producing artificial elements heavier than plutonium. HFIR is a beryllium-reflected, flux-trap type breeder reactor that is cooled and moderated by light water, and fuelled by highly enriched uranium-235.

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