Californium-252 Element

What You May Not Know About Californium-252

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Discovered in 1950 at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, californium-252 (Cf-252) is a radioactive isotope that exhibits exceptionally high neutron emission properties – up to 170 million neutrons per minute. It is characterized by a silver-white and metallic appearance, a half-life of 2.645 years, a melting point of 900° C, and high […]

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The Basics of Neutron Scattering

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Founded in 1984, Frontier Technology Corporation (FTC) has since established itself as a premier provider of sealed neutron sources. Our core source specialty, californium-252 (Cf-252)—a strong neutron emitting element—has practical applications across industries. Neutron scattering is one of the key ways in which Cf-252 finds use.  In this blog, we will provide an overview of […]

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Detecting & Defeating IEDs With Californium-252 and the PINS System

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Californium-252 is a very strong neutron emitter, giving off approximately 139 million neutrons per minute. This aspect, combined with Cf-252’s half-life of 2.645 years, melting point of 900°C, and easily-cut form makes this neutron source very useful in a variety of industrial applications. Cf-252 cannot be found in nature, so it is produced synthetically by […]


Choosing the Right Californium-252 Supplier

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Discovered in 1950 by scientists in UC Berkeley’s Radiation Laboratory, Californium-252 (Cf-252) has the second-highest atomic mass of all produced elements and is very radioactive. It is the only isotope to spontaneously emit neutrons, and these neutrons can be used in nuclear reactor start-ups, material scanners, and oil well logging. The neutron-emitting qualities of Cf-252 […]


The Value of Oil Well and Borehole Logging

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Oil well and borehole logging documents information about the geologic formations penetrated by new boreholes. This process comes with many benefits, helping drillers to gather valuable data that they could not otherwise obtain without taking costly core samples. This process has come a long way since its birth in the early 1800s, when well loggers […]


The Advantages of Nuclear Energy

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Nuclear energy offers a variety of positive attributes that benefit a wide range of industries. Before discussing the advantages of nuclear energy, it’s important to understand what it is and how it can be harnessed as an energy source. It’s also helpful to know how it compares with other energy sources in terms of costliness, […]