Question
Breeding plutonium produces energy even before any plutonium is fissioned. (The primary purpose of the four nuclear reactors at Chernobyl was breeding plutonium for weapons. Electrical power was a by-product used by the civilian population.) Calculate the energy produced in each of the reactions listed for plutonium breeding just following Example 32.4. The pertinent masses are $m({}^{239}\textrm{U}) = 239.054289 \textrm{ u}$, $m({}^{239}\textrm{Np}) = 239.052932 \textrm{ u}$, and $m({}^{239}\textrm{Pu}) = 239.052157 \textrm{ u}$.
$E_1 = 4.807 \textrm{ MeV}$
$E_2 = 1.26 \textrm{ MeV}$
$E_3 = 0.7219 \textrm{ MeV}$
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