- a nuclear reaction in which several nucleons are released from the nucleus of an atom.
Origin of spallation
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Two general types of reactions, known as spallation and fragmentation, are distinguished.LRL Accelerators
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
- physics a type of nuclear reaction in which a photon or particle hits a nucleus and causes it to emit many other particles or photons
C20: from spall + -ation
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- A nuclear reaction in which nuclei are bombarded by high-energy particles, causing the liberation of protons and alpha particles.
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