Transmutation could be the secret to safer nuclear waste, study finds

Artificial intelligence-generated image depicting transmutation of an atom.
Artificial intelligence-generated image depicting transmutation of an atom.


A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has developed a new technique to measure, predict accurately, and model neutron capture in nuclear materials. This discovery could lead to advancements in nuclear waste treatment facilities and, interestingly, could open doors to new theories about the origin of heavier elements in the universe.

Given the emotive nature of nuclear power worldwide, especially in countries like Japan, researchers are working hard to enhance nuclear power’s safety, efficiency, and other aspects. Associate Professor Nobuaki Imai and his colleagues from the Center for Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo believe that they can aid in improving a crucial element of nuclear power: waste processing.


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