Polonium 210

Polonium has a myriad of applications. It is used in many production processes, weapons , bombs, Nuc-Flamers, TKU's, TKU Energy Magazines. It is a vital component in Ultronit and Neutronit. Its rarity and usefulness make it among the most valuable commodities traded in the Galaxy. The higher the techlevel the lower the Value as the extraction and production methods improve. (Societies above Techlevel 10 find Polonium or any other Matter of no special value as these socities can create any matter out of Energy without effort)

Currently 100  gram of Polonium is traded at 70 Credits on Union XChanges.

=Polonium ( /pɵˈlniəm/ po-LOH-nee-əm) is a chemical element with the symbol Po and atomic number 84, discovered in 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie. A rare and highly radioactive element with no stable isotopes, polonium is chemically similar to bismuth and tellurium, and it occurs in uranium ores. Applications of polonium are few, and include heaters in space probes, antistatic devices, and sources of neutrons and alpha particles. Because of its position in the periodic table, polonium is sometimes referred to as a metalloid,[1] however others note that on the basis of its properties and behavior it is "unambiguously a metal".[2]

Polonium is a very rare element in nature because of the short half-life of all its isotopes. It is found in uranium ores at about 0.1 mg per metric ton (1 part in 1010),[37][38] which is approximately 0.2% of the abundance of radium. The amounts in the Earth's crust are not harmful. Polonium has been found in tobacco smoke from tobacco leaves grown with phosphate fertilizers.[39][40][41]

Because of the small abundance, isolation of polonium from natural sources is a very tedious process. The largest batch was extracted in the first half of the 20th century by processing 37 tonnes of residues from radium production. It contained only 40 Ci (9 mg) of polonium-210.[42] Nowadays, polonium is obtained by irradiating bismuth with high-energy neutrons or protons.[14][43

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