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In 1999 the discovery of nuclear fission dates back 60 years. Ten years ago at the occasion of the 50th anniversary several international conferences celebrated this event with extensive reviews about our knowledge of the fission phenomenon. In the last ten years however, public acceptance of everything concerning nuclear has dramatically decreased and the future of nuclear fission is far from being bright. Only the problem of the nuclear waste and its disposal not being solved yet has given the field a new spirit. It seems that recently several countries including the US are slightly increasing their support in the field of nuclear fission and related aspects after dramatic decreases over the past decade.

Hence, fission research may see a new revival in the next decades. This also because more sophisticated techniques are being developed which allow to get a more complete picture of the process involved. It is strived for to measure more and more fission fragment properties at once to be able to understand the reaction in its details.

However, our theoretical understanding after this long period of research of the fission process is still far from being complete and hence, one of the oldest problems in nuclear physics. cs.

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Authors: HAMBSCH F J, IRMM, JRC-Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Sring Session on Neutron Data Measurements and Evaluation, Geel (BE), 17-21 May, (1999)
Availability: Available from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199911191 / Last updated on: 1999-08-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en