- This is the source capable of giving the greatest intensity of
- Neutrons are produced by neutron-induced fission, and therefore
neutrons are required to initiate the reaction.
- The number of neutrons produced per fission, v>1
and so a chain reaction can be sustained which maintains reactor
- The high fluxes are particularly useful for the production of
radioisotopes by neutron activation which often have enhanced
production cross sections at thermal
or epithermal energies.