Department - Author 1

Physics Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Physics



Primary Advisor

Thomas Gutierrez


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.