A neutron source is a device that emits neutrons. There exist a wide variety of neutron sources of differing mechanism and size, ranging from hand-held radioactive sources and tabletop electrically powered neutron generators, to large neutron research facilities operating research reactors and spallation sources.
Depending upon neutron energy, neutron flux, size of the source, costs, and government regulations, these devices find use in a diverse array of applications in areas of physics, engineering, medicine, nuclear weapons, petroleum exploration, biology, chemistry, nuclear power and other industries.
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“The source of Pyrrhonism comes from failing to distinguish between a demonstration, a proof and a probability. A demonstration supposes that the contradictory idea is impossible; a proof of fact is where all the reasons lead to belief, without there being any pretext for doubt; a probability is where the reasons for belief are stronger than those for doubting.”
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