I have been reading “Dark Sun”, about the making of the H-Bomb. One of the problems they have trying to build an atomic stock pile and develop for the H-Bomb is that with the few reactors they have they are “neutron limited”, they can either breed plutonium or tritium (For the H-Bomb) but not both.
However, my question has nothing to do with that. 8^) Heavy atoms like Uranium are constantly spitting out neutrons. What happens to them in real life? I assume they start out real fast, some get absorbed into other nuclei, but some must slow down enough and gradually get pulled to the center of the earth by gravity. Is there a shell of “free” neutron’s at the earth’s core left over from all these decays, like the Oklo (?) reactor in Africa?
Or does every neutron eventually get absorbed into a nucleus?
The thought of a neutron “fluid” is pretty cool. Imagine how good a knife that would be if you could make a blade out of it.