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what is it?
« on: February 22, 2006, 06:07:59 PM »
I just read the story about the radioactive boyscout and heard that he made a neutron gun. I was wondering what it was and how it work. Any information you could tell me is great. Thnaks for your time.

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Re:what is it?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2006, 11:43:40 PM »
A neutron gun is a device that creates a stream of neutrons that will be aimed at a target.  A radioactive substance inside it will give off alpha radiation, which will go through a layer of metal and cause it to give off neutrons.  

I might be able to give more information, but I won't tell you how to make one.  Not that I really know how to make a good one myself.  ::)
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Re:what is it?
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2006, 10:20:05 AM »
Be itself is not radioactive.  It only emits neutrons when exposed to alpha particles.  Polonium itself is radioactive, but it does not decay by neutron emission.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2006, 08:48:10 PM »
Be itself is not radioactive.  It only emits neutrons when exposed to alpha particles.  Polonium itself is radioactive, but it does not decay by neutron emission.

Yeah, Be is used to give off the neutrons (the "layer of metal" mentioned in my previous post).  I think the "radioactive boyscout" used Americium in his gun, though.  
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Re:what is it?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2006, 01:51:17 AM »
Yeah, Be is used to give off the neutrons (the "layer of metal" mentioned in my previous post).  I think the "radioactive boyscout" used Americium in his gun, though.  

He must have opened up a LOT of smoke detectors....lol...

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Re:what is it?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2006, 06:37:09 PM »
I happen to remember a discussion on the amount of Am in a smoke detector. Didn't we decide you'd need a couple hundred smoke detectors to yield any decent amount of Am. Maybe it was more.
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Re:what is it?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2006, 09:00:02 PM »
I happen to remember a discussion on the amount of Am in a smoke detector. Didn't we decide you'd need a couple hundred smoke detectors to yield any decent amount of Am. Maybe it was more.

all-in-all, smoke detectors aren't too hard to come by.  I think he pretended he was working for a school and bought several hundred broken ones at a discount for "educational reasons."

Oh, and in my last post I didn't mean he used Americium to produce neutrons, he used it to produce the initial radiation that went through the beryllium and created neutrons.  That might have been unclear.
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Re:what is it?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2006, 09:39:26 PM »
I happen to remember a discussion on the amount of Am in a smoke detector.

A smoke detector has around 1 microcurie of Am-241, which comes out to 0.27 micrograms.

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