# Problems & Exercises

### 15.1 Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation

What is the dose in mSv for: (a) a 0.1 Gy X-ray? (b) 2.5 mGy of neutron exposure to the eye? (c) 1.5 mGy of $\alpha $ exposure?

Find the radiation dose in Gy for: (a) A 10-mSv fluoroscopic X-ray series. (b) 50 mSv of skin exposure by an $\alpha $ emitter. (c) 160 mSv of ${\mathrm{\beta}}^{\mathrm{\u2013}}$ and $\gamma $ rays from the ${}^{\text{40}}\text{K}$ in your body.

How many Gy of exposure is needed to give a cancerous tumor a dose of 40 Sv if it is exposed to $\alpha $ activity?

What is the dose in Sv in a cancer treatment that exposes the patient to 200 Gy of $\gamma $ rays?

One half the $\gamma $ rays from ${}^{\text{99m}}\text{Tc}$ are absorbed by a 0.170-mm-thick lead shielding. Half of the $\gamma $ rays that pass through the first layer of lead are absorbed in a second layer of equal thickness. What thickness of lead will absorb all but one in 1,000 of these $\gamma $ rays?

A plumber at a nuclear power plant receives a whole-body dose of 30 mSv in 15 minutes while repairing a crucial valve. Find the radiation-induced yearly risk of death from cancer and the chance of genetic defect from this maximum allowable exposure.

In the 1980s, the term picowave was used to describe food irradiation in order to overcome public resistance by playing on the well-known safety of microwave radiation. Find the energy in MeV of a photon having a wavelength of a picometer.

Find the mass of ${}^{\text{239}}\text{Pu}$ that has an activity of $\text{1.00 \mu Ci}\text{.}$

### 15.2 Therapeutic Uses of Ionizing Radiation

A beam of 168-MeV nitrogen nuclei is used for cancer therapy. If this beam is directed onto a 0.200-kg tumor and gives it a 2.00-Sv dose, how many nitrogen nuclei were stopped? (Use an RBE of 20 for heavy ions.)

(a) If the average molecular mass of compounds in food is 50.0 g, how many molecules are there in 1.00 kg of food? (b) How many ion pairs are created in 1.00 kg of food, if it is exposed to 1,000 Sv and it takes 32.0 eV to create an ion pair? (c) Find the ratio of ion pairs to molecules. (d) If these ion pairs recombine into a distribution of 2,000 new compounds, how many parts per billion is each?

Calculate the dose in Sv to the chest of a patient given an X-ray under the following conditions. The X-ray beam intensity is $\text{1.50 W}{\text{/m}}^{2}\text{,}$ the area of the chest exposed is $\text{0.0750}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{m}}^{2}\text{,}$ 35.0 percent of the x-rays are absorbed in 20.0 kg of tissue, and the exposure time is 0.250 s.

(a) A cancer patient is exposed to $\gamma $ rays from a 5,000-Ci ${}^{60}\text{Co}$ transillumination unit for 32.0 s. The $\gamma $rays are collimated in such a manner that only 1.00 percent of them strike the patient. Of those, 20.0 percent are absorbed in a tumor having a mass of 1.50 kg. What is the dose in rem to the tumor, if the average $\gamma $ energy per decay is 1.25 MeV? None of the $\beta $s from the decay reach the patient. (b) Is the dose consistent with stated therapeutic doses?

What is the mass of ${}^{60}\text{Co}$ in a cancer therapy transillumination unit containing 5.00 kCi of ${}^{60}\text{Co?}$

Large amounts of ${}^{65}\text{Zn}$ are produced in copper exposed to accelerator beams. While machining contaminated copper, a physicist ingests $\mathrm{50.0\; \mu Ci}$ of ${}^{65}\text{Zn}\text{.}$ Each ${}^{65}\text{Zn}$ decay emits an average $\gamma \text{-}$ ray energy of 0.550 MeV, 40.0 percent of which is absorbed in the scientist's 75.0-kg body. What dose in mSv is caused by this in one day?

Naturally occurring ${}^{\text{40}}\text{K}$ is listed as responsible for 16 mrem/y of background radiation. Calculate the mass of ${}^{\text{40}}\text{K}$ that must be inside the 55-kg body of a woman to produce this dose. Each ${}^{\text{40}}\text{K}$ decay emits a 1.32-MeV $\beta \text{,}$ and 50 percent of the energy is absorbed inside the body.

(a) Background radiation due to ${}^{226}\text{Ra}$ averages only 0.01 mSv/y, but it can range upward depending on where a person lives. Find the mass of ${}^{226}\text{Ra}$ in the 80.0-kg body of a man who receives a dose of 2.50-mSv/y from it, noting that each ${}^{226}\text{Ra}$ decay emits a 4.80-MeV $\alpha $ particle. You may neglect dose due to daughters and assume a constant amount, evenly distributed due to balanced ingestion and bodily elimination. (b) Is it surprising that such a small mass could cause a measurable radiation dose? Explain.

The annual radiation dose from ${}^{14}\text{C}$ in our bodies is 0.01 mSv/y. Each ${}^{14}\text{C}$ decay emits a ${\beta}^{\u2013}$ averaging 0.0750 MeV. Taking the fraction of ${}^{14}\text{C}$ to be $1.3\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{10}^{\mathrm{\u201312}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{N}$ of normal ${}^{12}\text{C}\text{,}$ and assuming the body is 13 percent carbon, estimate the fraction of the decay energy absorbed. (The rest escapes, exposing those close to you.)

If everyone in Australia received an extra 0.05 mSv per year of radiation, what would be the increase in the number of cancer deaths per year? (Assume that time had elapsed for the effects to become apparent.) Assume that there are $\text{200}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{10}}^{-4}$ deaths per Sv of radiation per year. What percent of the actual number of cancer deaths recorded is this?

### 15.4 Fusion

Verify that the total number of nucleons, total charge, and electron family number are conserved for each of the fusion reactions in the proton-proton cycle in

and

(List the value of each of the conserved quantities before and after each of the reactions.)

Calculate the energy output in each of the fusion reactions in the proton-proton cycle, and verify the values given in the above summary.

Show that the total energy released in the proton-proton cycle is 26.7 MeV, considering the overall effect in ${}^{1}\text{H}+{}^{1}\text{H}\to {}^{2}\text{H}+{e}^{+}+{v}_{\text{e}}\text{,}$${}^{1}\text{H}+{}^{2}\text{H}\to {}^{3}\text{He}+\gamma \text{,}$ and ${}^{3}\text{He}+{}^{3}\text{He}\to {}^{4}\text{He}+{}^{1}\text{H}+{}^{1}\text{H}$ and being certain to include the annihilation energy.

Verify by listing the number of nucleons, total charge, and electron family number before and after the cycle that these quantities are conserved in the overall proton-proton cycle in $2{e}^{-}+4{}^{1}\text{H}\to {}^{4}\text{He}+{2v}_{\text{e}}+\mathrm{6\gamma}\text{.}$

The energy produced by the fusion of a 1.00-kg mixture of deuterium and tritium was found in Example Calculating Energy and Power from Fusion. Approximately how many kilograms would be required to supply the annual energy use in the United States?

Tritium is naturally rare, but can be produced by the reaction $n+{}^{2}\text{H}\to {}^{3}\text{H}+\gamma \text{.}$ How much energy in MeV is released in this neutron capture?

Two fusion reactions mentioned in the text are

$n+{}^{3}\text{He}\to {}^{4}\text{He}+\gamma $

and

$n+{}^{1}\text{H}\to {}^{2}\text{H}+\gamma \text{.}$

Both reactions release energy, but the second also creates more fuel. Confirm that the energies produced in the reactions are 20.58 and 2.22 MeV, respectively. Comment on which product nuclide is most tightly bound, ${}^{4}\text{He}$ or ${}^{2}\text{H}\text{.}$

(a) Calculate the number of grams of deuterium in an 80,000-L swimming pool, given deuterium is 0.0150 percent of natural hydrogen.

(b) Find the energy released in joules if this deuterium is fused via the reaction ${}^{2}\text{H}+{}^{2}\text{H}\to {}^{3}\text{He}+n\text{.}$

(c) Could the neutrons be used to create more energy?

(d) Discuss the amount of this type of energy in a swimming pool as compared to that in, say, a gallon of gasoline, also taking into consideration that water is far more abundant.

How many kilograms of water are needed to obtain the 198.8 mol of deuterium, assuming that deuterium is 0.01500 percent (by number) of natural hydrogen?

The power output of the sun is $4\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{10}}^{\text{26}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{W}\text{.}$

(a) If 90 percent of this is supplied by the proton-proton cycle, how many protons are consumed per second?

(b) How many neutrinos per second should there be per square meter at Earth from this process? This huge number is indicative of how rarely a neutrino interacts, since large detectors observe very few per day.

Another set of reactions that result in the fusing of hydrogen into helium in the sun and especially in hotter stars is called the carbon cycle. It is

Write down the overall effect of the carbon cycle (as was done for the proton-proton cycle in $2{e}^{-}+4{}^{1}\text{H}\to {}^{4}\text{He}+{2v}_{e}+\mathrm{6\gamma}$). Note the number of protons ( ${}^{1}\text{H}$) required and assume that the positrons ( ${e}^{+}$) annihilate electrons to form more $\gamma $ rays.

(a) Find the total energy released in MeV in each carbon cycle (elaborated in the above problem) including the annihilation energy.

(b) How does this compare with the proton-proton cycle output?

Verify that the total number of nucleons, total charge, and electron family number are conserved for each of the fusion reactions in the carbon cycle given in the above problem. (List the value of each of the conserved quantities before and after each of the reactions.)

** Integrated Concepts**

The laser system tested for inertial confinement can produce a 100-kJ pulse only 1.00 ns in duration. (a) What is the power output of the laser system during the brief pulse?

(b) How many photons are in the pulse, given their wavelength is $\mathrm{1.06\; \mu m}\text{?}$

(c) What is the total momentum of all these photons?

(d) How does the total photon momentum compare with that of a single 1.00 MeV deuterium nucleus?

**Integrated Concepts**

Find the amount of energy given to the ${}^{4}\text{He}$ nucleus and to the $\gamma $ ray in the reaction $n{+}^{3}\text{He}{\to}^{4}\text{He}+\gamma \text{,}$ using the conservation of momentum principle and taking the reactants to be initially at rest. This should confirm the contention that most of the energy goes to the $\gamma $ ray.

**Integrated Concepts**

(a) What temperature gas would have atoms moving fast enough to bring two ${}^{3}\text{He}$ nuclei into contact? Note that, because both are moving, the average kinetic energy only needs to be half the electric potential energy of these doubly charged nuclei when just in contact with one another.

(b) Does this high temperature imply practical difficulties for doing this in controlled fusion?

**Integrated Concepts**

(a) Estimate the years that the deuterium fuel in the oceans could supply the energy needs of the world. Assume world energy consumption to be ten times that of the United States which is $8\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{10}}^{\text{19}}$ J/y and that the deuterium in the oceans could be converted to energy with an efficiency of 32 percent. You must estimate or look up the amount of water in the oceans and take the deuterium content to be 0.015 percent of natural hydrogen to find the mass of deuterium available. Note that approximate energy yield of deuterium is $3\text{.}\text{37}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{10}}^{\text{14}}$ J/kg.

(b) Comment on how much time this is by any human measure. (It is not an unreasonable result, only an impressive one.)

### 15.5 Fission

(a) Calculate the energy released in the neutron-induced fission (similar to the spontaneous fission in Example 15.3)

given $m({}^{\text{96}}\text{Sr})=\text{95.921750u}$ and $m({}^{\text{140}}\text{Xe})=\text{139.92164}\text{.}$ (b) This result is about 6 MeV greater than the result for spontaneous fission. Why? (c) Confirm that the total number of nucleons and total charge are conserved in this reaction.

(a) Calculate the energy released in the neutron-induced fission reaction

given $m({}^{\text{92}}\text{Kr})=\text{91}\text{.}\text{926269 u}$ and $m({}^{\text{142}}\text{Ba})=\text{141}\text{.}\text{916361}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{u}\text{.}$

(b) Confirm that the total number of nucleons and total charge are conserved in this reaction.

(a) Calculate the energy released in the neutron-induced fission reaction

given $m({}^{\text{96}}\text{Sr})=\text{95}\text{.}\text{921750 u}$ and $m({}^{\text{140}}\text{Ba})=\text{139}\text{.}\text{910581 u}\text{.}$

(b) Confirm that the total number of nucleons and total charge are conserved in this reaction.

Confirm that each of the reactions listed for plutonium breeding just following Example 15.4 conserves the total number of nucleons, the total charge, and electron family number.

Breeding plutonium produces energy even before any plutonium is fissioned. (The primary purpose of the four nuclear reactors at Chernobyl was breeding plutonium for weapons. Electrical power was a by-product used by the civilian population.) Calculate the energy produced in each of the reactions listed for plutonium breeding just following Example 15.4. The pertinent masses are $m({}^{\text{239}}\text{U})=\text{239.054289 u}\text{,}$$m({}^{\text{239}}\text{Np})=\text{239.052932 u}\text{,}$ and $m({}^{\text{239}}\text{Pu})=\text{239.052157 u}\text{.}$

The naturally occurring radioactive isotope ${}^{\text{232}}\text{Th}$ does not make good fission fuel, because it has an even number of neutrons; however, it can be bred into a suitable fuel (much as ${}^{\text{238}}\text{U}$ is bred into ${}^{\text{239}}\text{P}\text{.}$)

(a) What are $Z$ and $N$ for ${}^{\text{232}}\text{Th?}$

(b) Write the reaction equation for neutron captured by ${}^{\text{232}}\text{Th}$ and identify the nuclide ${}^{A}X$ produced in $n+{}^{\text{232}}\text{Th}\to {}^{A}X+\gamma \text{.}$

(c) The product nucleus ${\beta}^{-}$ decays, as does its daughter. Write the decay equations for each, and identify the final nucleus.

(d) Confirm that the final nucleus has an odd number of neutrons, making it a better fission fuel.

(e) Look up the half-life of the final nucleus to see if it lives long enough to be a useful fuel.

The electrical power output of a large nuclear reactor facility is 900 MW. It has a 35.0 percent efficiency in converting nuclear power to electrical.

(a) What is the thermal nuclear power output in megawatts?

(b) How many ${}^{\text{235}}\text{U}$ nuclei fission each second, assuming the average fission produces 200 MeV?

(c) What mass of ${}^{\text{235}}\text{U}$ is fissioned in one year of full-power operation?

A large power reactor that has been in operation for some months is turned off, but residual activity in the core still produces 150 MW of power. If the average energy per decay of the fission products is 1.00 MeV, what is the core activity in curies?

### 15.6 Nuclear Weapons

Find the mass converted into energy by a 12.0-kT bomb.

What mass is converted into energy by a 1.00-MT bomb?

Fusion bombs use neutrons from their fission trigger to create tritium fuel in the reaction $n{+}^{6}\text{Li}{\to}^{3}\text{H}{+}^{4}\text{He}\text{.}$ What is the energy released by this reaction in MeV?

It is estimated that the total explosive yield of all the nuclear bombs in existence currently is about 4,000 MT.

(a) Convert this amount of energy to kilowatt-hours, noting that $\text{1 kW}\cdot \text{h}=3\text{.}\text{60}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{10}}^{6}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{J}\text{.}$

(b) What would the monetary value of this energy be if it could be converted to electricity costing 10 cents per kW · h?

A radiation-enhanced nuclear weapon (or neutron bomb) can have a smaller total yield and still produce more prompt radiation than a conventional nuclear bomb. This allows the use of neutron bombs to kill nearby advancing enemy forces with radiation without blowing up your own forces with the blast. For a 0.500-kT radiation-enhanced weapon and a 1.00-kT conventional nuclear bomb: (a) Compare the blast yields. (b) Compare the prompt radiation yields.

(a) How many ${}^{\text{239}}\text{Pu}$ nuclei must fission to produce a 20.0-kT yield, assuming 200 MeV per fission? (b) What is the mass of this much ${}^{\text{239}}\text{Pu}\text{?}$

Assume one-fourth of the yield of a typical 320-kT strategic bomb comes from fission reactions averaging 200 MeV and the remainder from fusion reactions averaging 20 MeV.

(a) Calculate the number of fissions and the approximate mass of uranium and plutonium fissioned, taking the average atomic mass to be 238.

(b) Find the number of fusions and calculate the approximate mass of fusion fuel, assuming an average total atomic mass of the two nuclei in each reaction to be 5.

(c) Considering the masses found, does it seem reasonable that some missiles could carry 10 warheads? Discuss, noting that the nuclear fuel is only a part of the mass of a warhead.

This problem gives some idea of the magnitude of the energy yield of a small tactical bomb. Assume that half the energy of a 1.00-kT nuclear depth charge set off under an aircraft carrier goes into lifting it out of the water—that is, into gravitational potential energy. How high is the carrier lifted if its mass is 90,000 tons?

It is estimated that weapons tests in the atmosphere have deposited approximately 9 MCi of ${}^{\text{90}}\text{Sr}$ on the surface of the earth. Find the mass of this amount of ${}^{\text{90}}\text{Sr}\text{.}$

A 1.00-MT bomb exploded a few kilometers above the ground deposits 25.0 percent of its energy into radiant heat.

(a) Find the calories per ${\text{cm}}^{2}$ at a distance of 10.0 km by assuming a uniform distribution over a spherical surface of that radius.

(b) If this heat falls on a person's body, what temperature increase does it cause in the affected tissue, assuming it is absorbed in a layer 1.00-cm deep?

**Integrated Concepts**

One scheme to put nuclear weapons to nonmilitary use is to explode them underground in a geologically stable region and extract the geothermal energy for electricity production. There was a total yield of about 4,000 MT in the combined arsenals in 2006. If 1.00 MT per day could be converted to electricity with an efficiency of 10.0 percent:

(a) What would the average electrical power output be?

(b) How many years would the arsenal last at this rate?