WiFi that works with nuclear radiation and the world’s most expensive material: californium-252



The California is a radioactive chemical element obtained for the first time in the University of California at Berkeley, in 1950, bombard curium with alpha particles. It is the heaviest element produced on Earth, and it is also the most expensive after Antimatter, since obtaining A single gram of Californium-252 is worth nearly 24 million euros …

What is this exotic material used for? It can be used to help ignite nuclear reactors, and in the nuclear synthesis of elements of greater mass. And from this year, also to create Wi-Fi signals. Because that’s what this story is about: A type of nuclear wifi that was created using nuclear radiation to transmit digital data wirelessly instead of electromagnetic waves. No, it’s not something Tony Stark rolled up his sleeve, but it is.

El Nuclear Wi-Fi

Radio waves and cell phone signals rely on electromagnetic radiation for communication, but in a new breakthrough Lancaster University Engineers (UK), together with the Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), has successfully transferred wirelessly digitally encoded information using “Fast neutrons” en instead of the usual electromagnetic wave technology.

The researchers measured the spontaneous emission of fast neutrons of californium-252, a radioactive isotope produced in nuclear reactors. The modulated emissions were measured with a detector and recorded on a laptop computer.. And in the experiment, several examples of information were successfully sent: A blind word, alphabet and random number.


These digital data are “serially encoded in neutron field modulation and the output was decoded on a laptop computer which retrieved the encoded information on the screen ”, achieve what they were looking for: wireless digital information transmission. All transmission tests performed were 100% satisfactory.

Lancaster University Professor Malcolm Joyce noted that: “We demonstrate the potential of fast neutron radiation as a means of wireless communication for applications where conventional electromagnetic transmission is not feasible or is inherently limited. “

According to him, fast neutrons have an advantage over conventional electromagnetic waves, which they are considerably weakened when transmitted through materials such as metals.

Possible uses of nuclear WiFi: emergency scenarios

Since the anti-nuclear campaigns of the 1970s and 1980s, and things like nuclear weapons or such infamous accidents as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that are still present, nuclear power continues to have a bad reputation although today many experts advocate a mix of renewable and nuclear energies in “Climate-friendly nuclear power plants”, in addition to building new ones to guarantee a supply of electricity, and that we do not relive the current crisis in which we live, with the price of the kilowatt / hour triggered by an energy crisis of fuels.

Therefore, a WiFi based on radioactive energy makes us wonder about its need. What uses and advantages can nuclear WiFi have over conventional WiFi?

According to Joyce, it can be applied to increase safety in certain critical scenarios, “As a parent the integrity of the reactor containment and the metal vaults and partitions of maritime structures ”. Radioactive Wi-Fi can be important for “Minimize the number of penetrations carried out through these metal structures for communication wiring ”.

Wireless communication mwings efficient than conventional

The use of neutrons for the transmission of information through such structures could “negates the need for such penetrations and may also be relevant for scenarios where limited transmissions are desirable under difficult circumstances, such as emergency rescue operations. “

Fast neutrons could also be incorporated into mixed signal electronic systems to get the mixed signal between electrons and neutrons. This could contribute to the requirement to ensure the integrity of the information transfer.


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