Experts in nuclear physics at the Univ. of Surrey have helped develop research towards a “nuclear battery” that could revolutionize the concept of portable power by packing in up to a million times more energy compared to a conventional battery. By capturing charged particles in a special storage ring the experts have solved a long-standing problem of how to understand the fundamental structure of an unstable isotope of bismuth, Bi-212, with potential far-reaching consequences.
Prof. Phil Walker, of the university’s Department of Physics, says, “The new understanding gives us confidence in the nuclear theory, which guides us to the next step of experimentation. It is hoped that this may, in the longer term, lead to the ability to control a form of trapped nuclear energy, with the ability to release the energy on demand.”
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