Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BA in Physics

Department

Physics Department

Advisor(s)

Thomas Gutierrez

Abstract

This paper is an exploration of the physics and technology behind the development and on-going research of nuclear batteries. This includes the topics of isotope radiation suitable for such a device as well as the components necessary to utilize the energy of natural decay, such as solid and liquid semiconductors. Most importantly for public use, the battery requires a safe containment system while allowing convenient modularity. An efficiency and total output comparison will be made with standard button cell and dry cell batteries. Also, a proposal is made for the design of an enclosure to contain radioactive materials. The safe implementation of such a device will allow exploitation of an alternative energy source with substantial benefits.

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