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*** <sup>240</sup>Pu becomes a <sup>241</sup>Pu rather than compound {<sup>241</sup>Pu} (fission precursor), meaning two neutrons (and associated time) to yield a fission event. Predetonation hazard due to spontaneous fissions. Burnable in a recycling reactor, but undesirable for weapon material.
*** <sup>240</sup>Pu becomes a <sup>241</sup>Pu rather than compound {<sup>241</sup>Pu} (fission precursor), meaning two neutrons (and associated time) to yield a fission event. Predetonation hazard due to spontaneous fissions. Burnable in a recycling reactor, but undesirable for weapon material.
*** <sup>241</sup>Pu is highly fissile. Undesirable in weapons due to short half-life (α to useless <sup>241</sup>Am).
*** <sup>241</sup>Pu is highly fissile. Undesirable in weapons due to short half-life (α to useless <sup>241</sup>Am).
*** <sup>242</sup>Pu is plutonium gone wrong every possible way. The only redeeming grace is scarcity.
*** <sup>242</sup>Pu is plutonium gone wrong every possible way. The only redeeming grace is scarcity. Do not purchase, or accept as a gift.
* Enrichment levels - enrichment methods - degradation - downblending
* Enrichment levels - enrichment methods - degradation - downblending
** Observable properties of processing tech (plutonium's more intensely thermal)
** Observable properties of processing tech (plutonium's more intensely thermal)