Some Basic Physics of Converter and Breeder Reactors

  • Günther Kessler
Part of the Topics in Energy book series (TENE)


The important nuclear reactions in the cores of fission reactors are primarily caused by neutrons interacting with atomic nuclei of the fuel, the coolant, the structural materials and absorber materials. Four main neutron interactions have to be considered:

  • elastic scattering,

  • inelastic scattering,

  • neutron capture,

  • nuclear fission.


Atomic Nucleus Neutron Flux Fission Product Fuel Element Reactor Core 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günther Kessler
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  1. 1.Institut für Neutronenphysik und ReaktortechnikKernforschungszentrum KarlsruheFederal Republic of Germany

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