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What are some of the outcomes of nuclear fusion?

Abundant energy: Fusing atoms together in a controlled way releases nearly four million times more energy than a chemical reaction such as the burning of coal, oil or gas and four times as much as nuclear fission reactions (at equal mass).

Is a fusion bomb possible?

Despite the many millions of dollars spent by the U.S. between 1952 and 1992 to produce a pure fusion weapon, no measurable success was ever achieved. It has been claimed that it is possible to conceive of a crude, deliverable, pure fusion weapon, using only present-day, unclassified technology.

What is the basic concept of nuclear fusion?

Nuclear fusion is the process of making a single heavy nucleus (part of an atom) from two lighter nuclei. Fusion happens in the middle of stars, like the Sun. Hydrogen atoms are fused together to make helium. This releases lots of energy.

How do you get nuclear fusion?

For a nuclear fusion reaction to occur, it is necessary to bring two nuclei so close that nuclear forces become active and glue the nuclei together. Nuclear forces are small-distance forces and have to act against the electrostatic forces where positively charged nuclei repel each other.

What is another name for nuclear fusion?

What is another word for nuclear fusion?

cold fusion fusion
fusion reaction laser-induced fusion
thermonuclear fusion thermonuclear reaction

What happens during fusion?

Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars. It is the reaction in which two atoms of hydrogen combine together, or fuse, to form an atom of helium. In the process some of the mass of the hydrogen is converted into energy. The sun and stars do this by gravity.

How do you achieve fusion?

In order to undergo fusion, the fuel atoms need to be given enough energy to approach each other close enough for the strong force to become active. The amount of kinetic energy needed to bring the fuel atoms close enough is known as the “Coulomb barrier”.