Nuclear is the first of a series of ‘deep dives’ — series of essays in which I hope to take the reader from zero knowledge to a solid foundation of understanding for typically technical topics. This series will focus on nuclear physics and the associated reactor theory and is based on the Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook for Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory.

This series will include elements of atomic and nuclear physics, radioactivity, fission, neutron characteristics, reactivity, control rods, subcritical multiplication, reactor kinetics, and reactor operation.

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