Chemistry - The appeal of fusion
The appeal of fusion
Nuclear fusion as a means of energy generation is very appealing. The
products of fusion are generally not radioactive and therefore fusion is a
'greener' process than fission. A fusion reaction of particular appeal to
nuclear scientists is the reaction between the two heavier isotopes of
hydrogen - deuterium (hydrogen-2) and tritium (hydrogen-3).
The current difficulty with fusion is the high temperature needed to
overcome the electrostatic repulsion between nuclei. Not only is it very
difficult to achieve these high temperatures, but finding materials to
contain such high temperatures is also a challenge.
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