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Possibility of a fission chain reaction in supernova type I

Fong, Peter (1960) Possibility of a fission chain reaction in supernova type I. Physical Review, 119 (1). pp. 241-242. ISSN 0031-899X.

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The possibility of a fission chain reaction is discussed for the purpose of explaining the discrepancy between the observed light intensity of supernova type I in its decaying stage and the amount of energy available from the spontaneous fission of Cf254. A convergent fission chain reaction would make the energy output many times larger while at the same time would keep the half-life of the light intensity curve the same as that of the spontaneous fission of Cf254. However, the necessary conditions for this mechanism to contribute appreciably to the energy source do not seem to exist in supernova type I; other mechanisms are required to explain the discrepancy.

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Additional Information:©1960 The American Physical Society. Received 10 February 1960. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the many stimulating discussions on this work the author has enjoyed with Professor William A. Fowler, Professor G. R. Burbidge, Professor Robert F. Christy, and Professor Jesse L. Greenstein when he visited the California Institute of Technology in the summer of 1957, and their continued interest and correspondence afterwards. Dr. A.G.W. Cameron's communication is also gratefully acknowledged. Supported by the National Science Foundation.
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