Nuclear Fusion


For a fusion reaction to take place, the nuclei, which are positively charged,
must have enough kinetic energy to overcome their electrostatic force of
repulsion. This can occur either when one nucleus is accelerated to high
energies by an accelerating device, or when the energies of both nuclei are
raised by the application of very high temperature. The latter method, referred
to the application of thermonuclear fusion, is the source of a lot of really
cool energy. Enough energy is produced in thermonuclear fusion to suck the paint
of 1 city block of houses and give all of the residents permanent orange Afros.
The sun is a example of thermonuclear fusion in nature. If I was a atom, I could
only wish to be in a thermonuclear reaction. Thermonuclear reactions occur when
a proton is accelerated and collides with another proton and then the two
protons fuse, forming a deuterium nucleus which has a proton, neutrino and lots
of energy. I have no idea what a deuterium nucleus is, but is must be 10 times
cooler than just a regular nucleus. Such a reaction is not self sustaining
because the released energy is not readily imparted to other nuclei.
thermonuclear fusion of deuterium and tritium will produce a helium nucleus and
an energetic neutron that can help sustain further fusion. This is the basic
principal of the hydrogen bomb which employs a brief, controlled thermonuclear
fusion reaction. This was also how the car in the Back to the Future movie
worked. It had a much more sophisticated system of producing a fusion reaction
from things like, old coffee grounds, bananas, and old beer cans. Thermonuclear
reactions depend on high energies, and the possibility of a low-temperature
nuclear fusion has generally been discounted. Little does the scientific
community know about my experiments. I have produced cold fusion in my basement
with things like: stale bread, milk, peanut butter and flat Pepsi. I have been
able to produce a ten-megaton reaction which as little as a saltine cracker and
some grass clippings. But enough about my discoveries. Early in 1989 two
electrochemists startled the scientific world by claiming to achieve a room-
temperature fusion in a simple laboratory. They had little proof to back up
their discovery, and were not credited with their so-called accomplishment. The
two scientists were Stanley Pons of the university of Utah and Martin
Fleischmann of the University of Southampton in England. They described their
experiment as involving platinum electrodes an electrochemical cell in which
palladium and platinum were immersed in heavy water. These two losers said that
the cell produced more heat than could be accounted for. Yeah right!! The week
before I was talking to both men on the phone and I told them about all of the
cool things you could do with platinum. I said "Now Martin, what you need to do
is get your hands on some platinum and some heavy Mexican drinking water. The
amount of chemicals in the Mexican drinking water is sure to cause a violent
reaction with the platinum electrodes and produce lots of energy. I have been
doing this sort of things in my basement for years." When I told him that
though that NASA could power their shuttles with this sort of a reaction, he
nearly wet his pants. Now as usual, I received no credit for MY discovery, but
that is ok..I have grown used to it. I taught Einstein, Newton, and Ron Popeel
(inventor of things like the pasto-matic, hair-in-a-can, and the pocket
fisherman) everything they know. Besides, the two shmucks didn’t even follow my
instructions for the experiment. However, until I reveal my secrets about cold
fusion, it will remain only a proposed theory. nuclear fusion is also what
powers the rest of the stars in the solar system. Stars carry out fusion in a
thermonuclear manner. Thermonuclear is a really cool word which I am going to
use several more times just because it is so cool. In a thermonuclear reaction
matter is forced to exist in only in a plasma state, consisting of electrons,
positive ions and very few neutral atoms. Fusion reactions that occur within a
plasma serve to heat it further, because the portion of the reaction product is
transferred to the bulk of the plasma through collisions. In the deuterium-
tritium reaction the positively charged helium nucleus carries 3.5 MeV. The
neutron escaped the plasma with little interaction and , in a reaction, could
deposit its 14.1 MeV in a surrounding lithium blanket. I have know idea what
that last sentence meat, but I am going to memorize it,