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What is the neutron source in a nuclear reactor?

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August 25, 2015 3:18AM

The neutron source in a typical reactor is Antimony pins inside beryllium sleeves The antimony emits gamma rays and the beryllium converts the gamma rays to neutrons. The neutrons place the in core instrumentation onscale so that criticality can be approached slowly and safely.