fast neutron

noun

physics
  1. a neutron produced by nuclear fission that has lost little energy by collision; a neutron with a kinetic energy in excess of 0.1 MeV
  2. a neutron with a kinetic energy in excess of 1.5 MeV, the fission threshold of uranium-238
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Science definitions for fast neutron

fast neutron


A neutron that is not in thermal equilibrium with the surrounding medium, especially one produced by fission. Compare slow neutron. See also fast-breeder reactor.
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