Gosh - a Beta source and so radioactive - and not April 1!
Martin H. Eastburn
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Randy Fedo wrote:
Ask us again in about four months - we're really busy getting ready
for the holidays right now, so our stock of all shapes of Astatine is
really low. And all we carry is hot-rolled.
Loof Lirpa, CEO Lirpa Labs
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From the Wikipedia entry on it :
Astatine is the rarest naturally-occurring element, with the
total amount in Earth's crust estimated to be less than 1 oz (28
g) at any given time; this amounts to less than one teaspoon of
Good luck on your search. I suggest capturing a star preparing
to go supernova and picking up the pieces after the implosion.
Not too sure how much you'll get, though.
You are in excellent luck! The Spallation Neutron Source at Oak
Ridge National Labs is just coming on line. They expect to
produce 10^15 neutrons/second by some time next year. I think
they could crank out your additional 1/8 ounce by transmutation
in fairly short order with that facility.
Oh, this "free" energy won't be free, then. You'd have to pay
the electric bill at the SNS, and since they plan on pumping 1.4
MW of beam power onto the target, the electric bill is going to
be quite substantial.
I have done some recalculating on the amount of astatine needed. You said
there is about an ounce in the earths crust. I only need about 3/4 of an oz!
Assuming it is evenly distributed throughout the planet that would be an
atom per sq. mi. Do you foresee any problems in collecting it?
Hmm, for starters you'll need to buy up every piece of property
in the world, knock down every building, and dig it all up.
Think anyone will mind? How about the oceans? Ahh, just pump
them to the moon while you're digging.
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