Apart from student and faculty experiments, the research reactor does work for outside groups. One new area of focus is in-core research, done in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory, to test new materials and fuels for nuclear reactors. The pictured device is placed into the MIT research reactor to expose different materials to neutron flux and gamma ray radiation. Researchers can control the temperature and pressure.
February 11, 2011 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: MIT Nuclear Research Reactor
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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