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Unformatted text preview: produced. The fuel is sometimes enriched-i.e., its concentration of fissionable isotopes is artificially increased-to increase the frequency of neutron capture. The breeder reactor is a special type of reactor that produces more fissionable atoms than it consumes by using surplus neutrons to transmute certain nonfissionable atoms into fissionable atoms. The design of fusion reactors is still in an experimental stage because of the problems involved in containing the plasma fuel and attaining the high temperatures needed to initiate the reaction. f...
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