Is there any possibility to obtain gold as a product of nuclear reaction of any

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  1. pedagog profile image82
    pedagogposted 6 years ago

    Is there any possibility to obtain gold as a product of nuclear reaction of any radioactive element?

    Fission products of uranium and plutonium are
    1) Germanium-72, 73, 74, 76
    2) Arsenic-75
    3) Selenium-77, 78, 79, 80, 82
    4) Bromine-81
    5) Krypton-83, 84, 85, 86
    6) Rubidium-85, 87
    7) Strontium-88, 89, 90
    8) Yttrium-89
    9) Zirconium-90 to 96
    10) Niobium-95
    11) Molybdenum-95, 97, 98, 100
    12) Technetium-99
    13) Ruthenium-101 to 106
    14) Rhodium-103
    15) Palladium-105 to 110
    16) Silver-109
    17) Cadmium-111 to 116
    18) Indium-115
    19) Tin-117 to 126
    20) Antimony-121, 123
    21) Tellurium-125, 127 to 132
    22 Iodine-127, 129, 131
    23 Xenon-131 to 136
    24 Caesium-133, 134, 135, 137
    25 Barium-138, 139
    26 Lanthanides

  2. Btryon86 profile image87
    Btryon86posted 6 years ago

    Nuclear fusion can create gold. However, gold is usually produced by fusion in high mass stars that die in supernovae, scattering the heavy elements they have created throughout the universe. The amount of power required to simulate this type of nuclear fusion is astronomical, meaning it is unlikely that earth nuclear reactors will be able to produce enough power to create more than minute amounts of gold. Fission could also create gold from radioactive elements, but again, the amount of gold would be minute.

    1. pedagog profile image82
      pedagogposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      thanks a lot, i learned new thing. But i don't believe its not possible in fission.

    2. Btryon86 profile image87
      Btryon86posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Oh it is entriely possible with fission. It's just that there's only only stable isotope of gold, so you'd have to produce only that isotope in order to get real results.

  3. pedagog profile image82
    pedagogposted 6 years ago

    Since there is only one stable gold isotope, 197Au, nuclear reactions must create this isotope in order to produce usable gold.

    Gold synthesis in a particle accelerator is possible in many ways. The Spallation Neutron Source has a liquid mercury target that will be transmuted into gold, platinum, and iridium, which are lower in atomic number.[citation needed]

    Gold was first synthesized from mercury by neutron bombardment in 1941, but the isotopes of gold produced were all radioactive.
    Gold can currently be manufactured in a nuclear reactor by irradiation either of platinum or mercury.
    Only the mercury isotope 196Hg, which occurs with a frequency of 0.15% in natural mercury, can be converted to gold by neutron capture, and following electron capture-decay into 197Au with slow neutrons. Other mercury isotopes are converted when irradiated with slow neutrons into one another or formed mercury isotopes, which beta decay into thallium.
    Using fast neutrons, the mercury isotope 198Hg, which composes 9.97% of natural mercury, can be converted by splitting off a neutron and becoming 197Hg, which then disintegrates to stable gold. This reaction, however, possesses a smaller activation cross-section and is feasible only with un-moderated reactors.
    It is also possible to eject several neutrons with very high energy into the other mercury isotopes in order to form 197Hg. However such high-energy neutrons can be produced only by particle accelerators

    1. Btryon86 profile image87
      Btryon86posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly, so while it is difficult to create the stable isotope of gold, it IS possible.


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