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2. (0.5 points) Polonium-210 poisoning is rare as the short half-life (1/3 year) means it is essentially not naturally-occurring; thus it is available only to people with a nuclear reactor which is capable of generating polonium 210, based on neutron addition to a bismuth atom. Thus it’s only made on purpose, and the only purpose normally is to serve as a
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Unformatted text preview: neutron source (in combination with Be) to initiate a fission bombas such, it is relatively valuable to those who have it, and carefully guarded. Thus when it appears in an unusual place, there is strong a priori suspicion that one of the major powers who have routine stockpiles of polonium was involved in a fundamental way....
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2009 for the course CHEM 2090 taught by Professor Zax,d during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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