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Nuclear power: The energy produced from controlled (non-explosive) nuclear reactions. Commercial nuclear power plants currently use the heat energy derived from nuclear fission reactions to generate steam, which in turn is used to generate electricity or other energy. [e]

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  • Nuclear fission [r]: A reaction by which a nucleus of a suitable isotope of an element with a high atomic number splits into two nuclei of lower atomic numbers and one or more neutrons and a relatively large release of energy per atom. [e]
  • Uranium [r]: A silvery-white metallic chemical element in the actinide series of the periodic table that has the symbol U and atomic number 92. [e]
  • Plutonium [r]: Man-made radioactive element (Z = 94); its 239 isotope is fissionable and used in nuclear weapons; the 240 isotope is used in some nuclear power reactors [e]


  • Nuclear fuel cycle [r]: The progression of nuclear fuel through a series of differing stages, also called the nuclear fuel chain. [e]

Other related topics

  • Nuclear weapon [r]: A weapon that produces extremely powerful explosions from principles involving subatomic particle reactions, rather than the chemical reactions among atoms that power conventional explosives [e]
  • International Atomic Energy Agency [r]: An international organization established in July 1957, which seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for military purposes. [e]
  • Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [r]: The principal worldwide agreement for controlling the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons technology, without inhibiting the peaceful use of nuclear energy [e]