Why Nuclear Fusion Is So Cool

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