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  • Nuclear reactor physics — See also: Critical mass Nuclear reactor physics is the branch of science that deals with the study and application of chain reaction to induce controlled rate of fission for energy in reactors. Most nuclear reactors use a chain reaction to induce …   Wikipedia

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  • Fine-structure constant — The fine structure constant or Sommerfeld fine structure constant, usually denoted alpha ,, is the fundamental physical constant characterizing the strength of the electromagnetic interaction.It is a dimensionless quantity, and thus its numerical …   Wikipedia

  • Plasma (physics) — For other uses, see Plasma. Plasma lamp, illustrating some of the more complex phenomena of a plasma, including filamentation. The colors are a result of relaxation of electrons in excited states to lower energy states after they have recombined… …   Wikipedia

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  • Gas core reactor rocket — Gas core reactor rockets are a conceptual type of rocket that is propelled by the exhausted coolant of a gaseous fission reactor. The nuclear fission reactor core may be either a gas or plasma. They may be capable of creating specific impulses of …   Wikipedia

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  • Nuclear fission — For the generation of electrical power by fission, see Nuclear power. Splitting the atom redirects here. For the EP, see Splitting the Atom. Nuclear physics Radioactive decay Nuclear fission Nuclear fusio …   Wikipedia

  • Speed of light — The speed of light in the vacuum of free space is an important physical constant usually denoted by the letter c . [NIST and BIPM practice is to use c 0 for the speed of light in vacuum in accord with international standard ISO 31 5. See… …   Wikipedia