The reactor, which can generate up to five megawatts of thermal power, was never designed to produce electricity. Instead, its main product is beams of neutrons, which come from splitting the uranium in the core. The beams come out in devices such as this for study into the nature and structure of materials as well as for medical and nuclear power experiments.
February 11, 2011 4:00 AM PST
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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