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  • What Is Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear energy is the energy that holds the nucleus of an atom together. It can be obtained through fission and fusion reactions of the nucleus of an atom.

  • Atom

    The atom is a smaller structure of matter. It is made up of neutrons, protons in the nucleus, and electrons in the crust.

  • Structure of the Atom

    The atom is made up of three types of subatomic particles: the proton and the neutron that make up the nucleus and the electrons, which move around.

  • Subatomic Particles

    A subatomic particle is a particle smaller than the atom. The atomic particles that make up an atom are protons, neutrons, and electrons.

  • Atomic Nucleus

    The atomic nucleus is the small central part of the atom, with a positive electric charge and in which most of the mass of the atom is concentrated.

  • Neutron

    A neutron is a subatomic particle contained in the atomic nucleus. It has no net electric charge, as opposed to positive electric charge of the proton.

  • Proton

    A proton is a positively charged particle found inside the atomic nucleus. The number of protons that make up an atom is the atomic number.

  • Electron

    What is an electron. What relationship does it have with atoms? Importance that it has in the electric current. Story about how it was discovered. Basic physical properties of the electron.

  • Atomic Models

    Atomic models are scientific theories about the nature of matter. According to the atomic theory, matter is made up of atoms.

  • Atomic Models

    An atomic model is the definition of the structure of an atom. Throughout history these models have evolved to the current model.

    • Atomic Model of Democritus

      The atomic model of Democritus was the first model of philosophical atomism to try to explain the constitution of materials.

  • Dalton's Atomic Model

    Dalton's atomic model is the first scientific atomic theory. His theory was the basis of current atomic theory.

  • Thomson Atomic Model

    Description of Thomson atomic model. Basis and drawbacks of this atomic theory. What was new about Dalton's and what were its limitations?

  • Nagaoka’s Saturnian Model

    The Nagaoka atomic model was proposed by the Japanese physicist denying Thomson's previous model. Ruthenford used it to develop his atomic model.

  • Rutherford's Atomic Model

    Rutherford's atomic model is an atomic theory formulated in 1911 by Ernest Rutherford that replaced the atomic model proposed by Thomson.

  • Bohr's Atomic Model

    In Bohr's atomic model, electrons rotate in circular orbits around the nucleus, occupying the lowest possible energy orbit, or the closest possible orbit to the nucleus.

  • Sommerfeld's Atomic Model

    Sommerfeld's atomic model is an extension to the Bohr model. In this model, electrons can describe elliptical orbits.

  • Schrödinger's Atomic Model

    Schrödinger's atomic model or quantum mechanical model of the atom determines the probability of finding the electron of an atom at a point.

  • Isotopes

    Isotopes are atoms of the same element but with different numbers of netrons. Examples to know what they are for.

  • Ions: Anions and Cations

    An ion is an atom or molecule that does not have a neutral electric charge. When an atom produces or acquires one or more electrons, it is transformed into an ion.

  • Atomic Number Definition

    The atomic number is the number of protons (positive charges) in the nucleus of an atom. It is expressed by the letter Z.

  • Atomic Mass

    The atomic mass of an atom is the weighted average mass of all isotopes of that same element that exist in nature.

  • Mass Number

    The mass number of a nuclide is the sum of the number of protons and the number of neutrons in the atomic nucleus.

  • Nuclear Fision

    Nuclear fission is a method of obtaining energy through a nuclear reaction that is based on the partition of the nucleus of an atom. Uranium or plutonium is generally used.

  • Nuclear Fusion

    Nuclear fusion reaction is the combination of two nuclei of light atoms. This nuclear fusion reaction releases or absorbs a lot of energy and allows matter to enter in a plasma state.

    • Requirements for Nuclear Fusion

      Atoms of a nuclear fusion reaction must overcome an important barrier barrier of electrostatic forces. If two nuclei can get close enough, the repulsion can be overcome by the quantum effect.

  • ITER Project

    The ITER nuclear fusion reactor is a scientific experiment aimed at testing the feasibility of nuclear fusion as a source of energy.

  • What Is Plasma?

    Plasma is a state of matter similar to the gaseous state but in which a certain proportion of its particles are electrically charged.

  • Radioactivity

    Radioactivity is a phenomenon in which certain substances spontaneously transform into different atoms losing energy.

    • Ionizing Radiation

      Ionizing radiation is made up of photons or particles that, when interacting with matter, produce ions, whether they do so directly or indirectly.

  • Radiation Unit: Sievert

    Sievert is a measure of the effect on health of the low levels of ionizing radiation in the human body.

  • Radionuclides

    A radionuclide is an unstable nuclide and, therefore, degenerates by emitting ionizing radiation. Types and uses of radioisotopes.

  • Alpha Particles

    An alpha particle is a positively charged particle emitted by various radioactive materials during decomposition. It consists of two neutrons and two protons.

  • Beta Particle

    A beta (β) particle is an electron that is fired from a radioactive event. If an atom emits a beta particle, its electric charge increases by a positive unit the atomic mass does not vary.

  • Gamma Rays

    Gamma radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation, the most energetic of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is the shortest wavelength photons.

  • Electromagnetic Radiation

    Electromagnetic radiation is the radiation of energy in the electromagnetic field. A type of electromagnetic radiation is gamma rays generated by radioactive materials.

  • How Was Radioactivity Discovered?

    Radioactivity was discovered by Becquerel almost occasionally when conducting research on fluorescence. Becquerel discovered that uranium spontaneously emitted mysterious radiation.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages

    We compare the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy. We analyze the ecological, technical, economic, and safety aspects.

    • Benefits of Nuclear Energy

      We analyze the benefits of this energy source comparing it with that of fossil fuels and renewable energies.

  • Cons of Nuclear Energy

    The use of nuclear energy has significant drawbacks to take into account in aspects such as safety, waste and energy dependence.

  • History of Nuclear Energy

    History of nuclear energy. From the discovery of the atom to the first nuclear power reactors.

    • Discovery of Radioactivity

      The discoverer of radioactivity was Becquerel by chance. His work together with that of the Curies allowed to discover artificial radioactivity.

    • Antoine-henri Becquerel

      Antoine-Henri Becquerel, short biography of the discoverer of natural radioactivity. Born in Paris, he was a Nobel laureate in physics in 1903.

  • Manhattan Project

    The Manhattan Project was a project to develop the atomic bomb in the United States during World War II.

    • Albert Einstein

      Albert Einstein was a German physicist, author of the theory of relativity. He played a fundamental role in the investigation of nuclear energy especially during World War II.

  • Nuclear Power After World War II

    After the Second World War, a debate about the future of nuclear energy and the control of atomic weapons begins. This was the beginning of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

  • Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

    The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is an international treaty on nuclear weapons based on three principles: disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

  • Nuclear Waste

    Radioactive waste is defined as any material derived from the peaceful use of nuclear energy that contains radioactive isotopes for which reuse is not expected.

    • Nuclear Waste Management

      Nuclear waste management is the actions that lead to its reuse, disappearance or neutralization and evacuation to suitable places.

  • Nuclear Waste Transport

    The transport of radioactive waste must be carried out with an exhaustive control to avoid the dangers of a possible nuclear accident during the process.

  • Nuclear Waste Storage

    Discover how the storage of low, medium and high level nuclear waste is managed.

  • How Does a Nuclear Power Plant Work

    Operation of a nuclear power plant. How electricity is generated from nuclear energy. Basic diagram of the most common type of plant in the world.

    • What Is a Nuclear Power Plant?

      A nuclear power plant is a facility for obtaining electrical energy using nuclear energy. The nuclear reactor is responsible for generating fission chain reactions.

    • Steam Turbine

      A steam turbine is a device that transforms the thermal energy of steam into mechanical energy.

  • Nuclear Reactor

    A nuclear reactor is an installation capable of initiating, controlling and maintaining nuclear reactions. It can have different uses, for example, the production of electricity.

    • Types of Nuclear Reactors

      Nuclear reactors can be classified depending on their performance but also according to their purpose or other technical characteristics.

    • Pressurized Water Reactors

      Pressurized water nuclear reactors (PWR) is a type of reactor most popular in the world. Main characteristics of operation.

  • Boiling Water Reactor

    The boiling water reactor is the second most widely used nuclear reactor in the world. Discover how it works and its main characteristics.

  • Gas Cooled Reactor

    A gas-cooled reactor (GCR) is a nuclear reactor that uses graphite as a neutron moderator and carbon anhydride as a coolant.

  • Nuclear Reactor Control Rods

    Nuclear reactor control rods allow controlling the power of a nuclear reactor by increasing or reducing the number of nuclear reactions.

  • Coolant in a Nuclear Reactor?

    A coolant in a nuclear reactor is a liquid or gaseous substance that passes through the reactor core and removes the heat from the nuclear fission reaction.

  • Neutron Moderator

    The nuclear moderator is an element to reduce the speed of neutrons in a nuclear fission chain reaction.

  • Nuclear Fuel

    Nuclear fuel is the material used for the generation of nuclear energy. What is the nuclear fuel cycle?

    • Uranium

      Physical aspects that make uranium the most used nuclear fuel in nuclear fission reactions.

    • Enriched Uranium

      Enriched uranium is uranium that has gone through a technological process to increase the proportion of the uranium-235 isotope. As a result, natural uranium is divided into enriched uranium and depleted uranium.

  • Natural Uranium

    Natural uranium refers to uranium resources in nature and is the basis for obtaining nuclear fuel. Origin of this resource. Differences with enriched uranium.

  • Plutonium

    Plutonium is an artificial radioactive chemical element generated in nuclear reactors that can be used at the same time as a nuclear fuel.

  • Tritium

    Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Used as nuclear fuel for energy production by nuclear fusion.

  • Nuclear Accidents

    What are nuclear accidents? Main nuclear accidents in history. Classification of the different types of nuclear disasters.

    • Chernobyl, USSR

      The Chernobyl nuclear accident is the most serious accident in history. Analysis of the causes and consequences of the tragedy.

    • Consequences of the Accident

      The Chernobyl nuclear accident caused a host of health, environmental, technical and political related consequences.

  • Chernobyl Radiation

    The Chernobyl nuclear accident was the worst nuclear disaster. The radiation released reached unthinkable levels polluted several countries around it.

  • Chernobyl Today

    After mor then 30 years of the disaster, what is the aspect of Chernobyl today? Current radiation, images to ha abandoned buildings and confinement tasks.

    • Solar Power Plant in Chernobyl

      30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the plant becomes the largest solar plant in the world. The solar installation is capable of supplying electricity for 2000 homes.

  • Fukushima, Japan

    The Fukushima nuclear accident was caused by the sequence of an earthquake and a tsunami off the coast of Japan. It was the second most serious accident.

  • Kyshtym Disaster

    The Kyshtym disaster (Mayak, Russia), occurs in the attempt to develop the atomic bomb. It is the third most serious behind those of Chernobyl and Fukushima.

  • Three Mile Island, United States

    The Three Mile Island (Pennsylvania) accident was the worst nuclear accident in US history. Causes and consequences of the disaster.

  • Chalk River, Canada

    The Chalk River laboratories of Canada suffered two serious nuclear accidents in their research reactor during the years 1952-1958.

    • Chalk River Laboratories

      Chalk River Laboratories is a Canadian facility dedicated to the investigation of nuclear reactions located in Ontario, Canada.

  • Saint-laurent-des-eaux, France

    The nuclear power plant in Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux (France) suffered two level 4 nuclear accidents on the INES scale in 1969 and 1980.

  • Goiania, Brazil

    Radioactive contamination in Goiania (Brazil) was a case of radioactive infection. The result of the Goiania nuclear disaster was the rapid death of four people and the chronic radiation sickness of several people.

  • Tokaimura, Japan

    The nuclear accident at the Tokaimura nuclear fuel treatment plant (Japan). We analyze the causes and consequences of the nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan in 1999.

    • Causes and Consequences

      In 1999 Japan suffered a significant nuclear accident in Tokai-mura (Ibaraki). What caused the accident? Which consequences did it have?

  • Hisashi Ouchi

    Hisashi Ouchi is the person who has received the highest dose of radioactivity in the world as a result of the Tokaimura nuclear accident.

  • Kramatorsk Accident

    Kramatorsk radiological accident was due to a radioactive exposure of residents of one of the prefabricated buildings in Kramatorsk, Ukrania.

  • INES Scale

    The INES scale is a tool used worldwide to systematically inform the public about the importance of nuclear and radiological events from the point of view of safety.

  • Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

    The main use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is the production of electrical energy. However, it is also used in many other sectors.

    • Nuclear Weapons

      Nuclear weapons are weapons using nuclear technology. List of countries having nuclear weapons, treaties and types of weapons.

    • Atomic Bomb

      The atomic bomb is a weapon of mass destruction based on the properties of nuclear energy. Types of pumps and operation.

  • Nautilus Nuclear Submarine

    The Nautilus is the world's first nuclear submarine. It was the first submarine to reach the North Pole, in 1958. In 1980 it became a Museum.

  • Applications in the Industry

    The use of nuclear energy in modern industry in developed countries is very important for process improvement, for measurement and automation, and for quality control.

  • Nuclear Medicine

    Nuclear medicine is used in most hospitals using radiochemical laboratory methods for diagnosis and investigation of a wide variety of diseases.

    • Radionuclides

      In nuclear medicine, a certain radionuclide is administered to the patient, with the aim of investigating a specific physiological phenomenon.

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiation therapy is a specialty of nuclear medicine that uses ionizing radiation to treat malignant tumors. The treatments can be performed by tele therapy and brachytherapy.

    • Teletherapy

      Teletherapy, teleradiotherapie or long-distance irradiation, including external percutaneous irradiation, is the most common form of radiotherapy in nuclear medicine.

  • Radiology

    Radiology is a medical specialty that tries to assist in the diagnosis and prognosis of health and disease states through the use of production technologies and image analysis.

  • Nuclear Stress Test

    A nuclear stress test is a test that allows doctors to see images of your heart using a radioactive dye.

  • Environmental Uses

    Within the nuclear isotope techniques exist that allow work to improve the environment in problems like the greenhouse effect, water pollution, control of insects and other pests.

  • World's Nuclear Power Plants

    Currently, 11% of the world's energy is generated through nuclear energy—a list of countries over the world that are using this technology.

  • Nuclear Power in Mexico

    The development of nuclear power in Mexico. The construction of the first nuclear plants. Mexico's nuclear capability. Waste management.

  • Nuclear Power in Argentina

    Argentina is one of the countries that have opted for nuclear energy. It currently has three nuclear reactors for the production of electrical energy.

  • Nuclear Power in France

    France ranks first worldwide in nuclear energy production by population density. Currently operating 19 nuclear power plants with 58 reactors.

  • Nuclear Power in Spain

    Situation of nuclear power in Spain. History of nuclear energy in Spain and their evolution over time.

    • Nuclear Moratorium

      The nuclear moratorium meant the blockade of 5 nuclear power plant projects of the 7 that had been approved (and some initiated) in Spain.

  • Nuclear Energy in Chile

    Situation of nuclear energy in Chile. History and development of nuclear energy in Chile and its evolution over time.

  • Nuclear Power in India

    Perspectives India has become a world leader in nuclear technology. Your goal is to reach 25% of electricity by nuclear power in 2050.

  • Nuclear Energy in Brazil

    Nuclear energy in Brazil provides 3% of the country's electricity production. It has two nuclear power plants in operation Angra 1 and 2.

  • Nuclear Power in Canada

    Canada has 18 nuclear reactors operating in the country, principally located in Ontario. All of them use CANDU reactors, a type of reactor designed in Canada.

  • Energy

    Energy is the ability of a physical system to produce work. There are different types of energy such as nuclear, kinetic or electric.

    • Types of Energy

      Description of the main types of nuclear energy. Classification by its nature and by its origin. Renewable and non-renewable energies.

  • Thermal Energy

    Thermal energy is the result of the movement of particles called molecules and atoms. It can be transmitted by radiation, conduction, and convection in form of heat.

  • Atomic Energy

    Atomic energy is the energy that holds together neutrons and protons in the nuclei of atoms. Operation of an atomic power station.

  • Kinetic Energy

    Kinetic energy is the energy contained in a body due to being in motion. Kinetic energy can be lineal or rotational.

  • Mechanical Energy

    The mechanical energy of a body is the sum of its energies, kinetic and potential. It is related to the movement of bodies and mechanical forces.

    • Examples

      Discover different examples related to mechanical energy and the principle of conservation of energy.

  • Potential Energy

    Potential energy is the energy that an object possesses due to its position in a force field or that a system has due to the configuration of its parts

    • Types of Potential Energy

      The potential energy of a body can manifest itself in different ways. We describe the types of potential energy with examples.

  • Electric Potential Energy

    Electric potential energy is the potential energy caused by an electrostatic field on a point charge.

  • Chemical Energy

    Chemical energy is the energy that comes from the chemical change of a substance through a chemical reaction or, from being transformed into other substances.

    • Periodic Table

      The periodic table of elements is a table that contains represented all the known chemical elements in a scientifically ordered way.

  • Chemical Elements

    A chemical element is a pure substance with certain physical and chemical properties. They are distinguished from each other by the electrical charge in the atomic nucleus.

    • Calcium

      Calcium is a chemical element with the symbol Ca and atomic number 20. It is a silvery-white alkaline earth metal.

    • Atomic Mass of Calcium

      The atomic mass of all the Calcium isotopes, and the atomic weight. Properties and characteristics of Calcium.

  • Molar Mass

    Molar mass is the ratio of the amount of substance to its mass. We explain its definition with some examples and the difference with molecular mass.

  • Molecule

    Molecule definition What types of molecule exist. Formation of macromolecules. Characteristics and existing molecular models.

  • Laws of Chemistry

    The fundamental laws of chemistry are those laws of nature relevant to chemistry include weight laws, steichiometric laws, and others.

  • Electric Energy

    Electric energy is the difference in potential between two points. Electric energy is of vital importance, among others, it allows the transport of electricity.

    • Examples of Electrical Energy

      Electric energy is used in multiple fields and activities. In this article we list some practical examples in which this energy is used.

    • Electromagnets

      An electromagnet is an example of the use of electrical energy. The electric charge that passes through a conductor generates a magnetic field and the properties of a magnet.

  • Electric Fireplace

    An electric fireplace is a decorative element for the home that simulates a conventional wood fireplace. Discover how they are and how they work.

  • Electric Heating

    Electric heating is a system to generate heat in a space using electrical energy.

  • Pros and Cons

    Electrical energy is easy to transport and can be generated from many energy sources. However, it presents risks to human health.

  • Importance of Electrical Energy

    Electric power has been one of the technologies that has evolved the most in the last two hundred years. We analyze the causes and consequences.

  • Generation of Electricity

    Know how electricity is generated. Differences between the different forms of electricity generation. Nuclear energy, thermal power plants and renewable energies.

    • Electric Generator

      An electric generator is a machine capable of transforming some type of energy, which can be chemical, mechanical or light, into electricity.

  • Power Stations

    Power plants are facilities to transform some type of energy into electricity. Types of plants and operation.

  • Renewable Energy Sources

    Renewable energies use an energy source considered inexhaustible or easily regenerable. The main ones: solar, wind, hydraulic, tidal, biomass and geothermal.

  • Nonrenewable Energy

    Non-renewable energies are energies generated from non-renewable resources; mainly fossil fuels, nuclear fuels and biofuels.

  • What Is a Watt? Power Units

    The watt is the unit to express any type of power. One watt (W) equals the energy transferred of one joule (J) per second (s).

  • Energy Conservation Law

    The conservation law states that, although energy can be transformed and converted from one form to another, the total amount of it in an isolated system does not change over time.

  • Physics

    Physics is a science that studies the properties of matter, energy, space-time and their interactions, considering only the attributes that can be measured.

    • Newton's Laws

      Newton's laws are three physical physical laws that relate the forces that act on a body and the movement of that body.

    • Newton's First Law

      Newton's first law states that it only changes speed if external forces are applied to it. Explanation with examples of the law of inertia.

  • Second Law of Newton

    Newton's second law states that if we apply a force on an object, the object will experience an acceleration directly proportional to the force.

  • Newton's Third Law

    Newton's third law states that if a force is exerted on a body a, the body a will respond with another reaction force of equal magnitude and opposite direction.

  • Pressure

    Pressure is the physical quantity that measures the force exerted on a unit of surface applied in a direction perpendicular to it.

    • Atmospheric Pressure

      Atmospheric pressure (or barometric pressure) is the pressure exerted by the atmosphere on the earth's surface.

  • Thermodynamics

    Thermodynamics is the branch of classical physics that studies the thermodynamic transformations induced by heat and work in a system.

    • Temperature Sensor

      A temperature sensor is a device that measures temperature through electrical signals. Find out what they are used for and what type they can be.

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    Discover the many advantages offered by nuclear power plants to generate electricity from an environmental point of view and from an economic point of view.

  • How Are Nuclear Accidents Classified?

    Learn how nuclear accidents are classified. What types of nuclear disaster can occur and what criteria are followed to define the severity of these events.

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