U 92 Uranium

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Uranium metal belongs to the Actinides group.

Uranium is a chemically very reactive, highly toxic, grey heavy metal. Like all actinides, uranium metal is radioactive, after thorium metal, it is the second most stable of those. The most abundant natural isotope of uranium metal is 238U with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. The basis for nuclear power plants is the fissile isotope 235U. The fission products often are highly radioactive isotopes of lower elements, like caesium 137 and strontium 90. Uranium 235 is used for atomic bombs, too, like the one in Hiroshima. Uranium has a natural abundance of only 0.7 % and has to be enriched in an extensive process. For power plants, at least 3 % are needed, for weapons much more. The waste material of this process, depleted uranium, sometimes is used in ammunition, sometimes is turned into plutonium in a breeder reactor, most of it is waste. A secure repository concept for nuclear waste doesn't exist. Natural uranium decays to thorium.


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Representative sample of depleted Uranium metal, few milligrams.

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