Nuclear fission fragments
are the fragments left after a nucleus fissions
. Typically, when uranium 235 nucleus undergoes fission, the nucleus splits into two smaller nuclei
, along with a few neutrons and release of energy in the form of heat (kinetic energy of the these fission fragments
) and gamma rays. The average of the fragment mass is about 118, but very few fragments near that average are found. It is much more probable to break up into unequal fragments, and the most probable fragment masses are around mass 95 (Krypton) and 137 (Barium).
Most of these fission fragments are highly unstable (radioactive) and undergo further radioactive decays to stabilize itself. Fission fragments interact strongly with the surrounding atoms or molecules traveling at high speed, causing them to ionize.
Most of energy released by one fission (~160MeV of total ~200MeV) appears as kinetic energy of the fission fragments.
See also: Interaction of Heavy Charged Particles with Matter
Energy from Uranium Fission
Fission fragment yield for different nuclei. The most probable fragment masses are around mass 95 (Krypton) and 137 (Barium).