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Can't you make elements out of elements

  1. Jun 16, 2012 #1
    Can't you take a proton out of a mercury atom for example so the atomic number can change from 80 to 79 so it can become a gold atom?
     
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  3. Jun 16, 2012 #2

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    Sounds good, now what kind of tweezers do you use to grab a proton?
     
  4. Jun 16, 2012 #3
    Very funny but can't you use nuclear binding energy...
     
  5. Jun 16, 2012 #4

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    As tweezers? How?
     
  6. Jun 16, 2012 #5
    So are you saying it's impossible...
     
  7. Jun 16, 2012 #6
    It called transmutation. It's 60+ years old now in the lab, maybe 80 years old on paper.
     
  8. Jun 16, 2012 #7

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    Exactly. This is after all the technique used to create elements that have never been seen before.

    There's one catch: It's expensive. Massively expensive. The cost of creating gold via transmutation exceeds the value of the gold by many, many orders of magnitude.
     
  9. Jun 16, 2012 #8
    Oh ok that's pretty interesting..
     
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