Thursday, March 21, 2013


  • A transuranic radioactive chemical element with silvery appearance that has the symbol Am and atomic number 95.
  • Americium is a man-made radioactive metal that exists as a solid under normal conditions.
  • The process called nuclear transmutation which is nothing but the americium is first separated and converted by neutron bombardment in special reactors to short-lived nuclides.
  • Americium also is used as a radiation source in medical diagnostic devices and in research. 
  • In household applications, commonly used in minute amounts in smoke detectors as an ionization source.
  • In space-related application, americium is a fuel for space ships with nuclear propulsion.

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