Ionization -- Efficiently ionizing every electron off of atoms

In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of using radiation to efficiently remove all electrons from atoms and produce strictly protons and neutrons without creating excessive heat. However, it is mentioned that simply removing electrons does not result in individual protons and neutrons, and additional energy is needed to split the nuclei. It is also noted that any method of removing electrons will also generate heat, either directly or indirectly through methods such as lasers or electron bombardment. Ultimately, the overall goal is to keep the nuclei intact while pushing out the electrons to their highest energy level, but this can only be achieved by adding energy, which will result in a hot sample.
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dsaun777
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Is there a radiation method for efficienctly ionizing every electron off of atoms to produce strictly protons and neutrons Without generating tremendous heat?
 
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Just removing all electrons doesn't give you individual protons and neutrons. To split the nuclei as well you need even more energy.

Everything that removes all electrons will also make your sample very hot (if it is large enough to have a meaningful temperature).
 
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mfb said:
Just removing all electrons doesn't give you individual protons and neutrons. To split the nuclei as well you need even more energy.

Everything that removes all electrons will also make your sample very hot (if it is large enough to have a meaningful temperature).
I want to keep the nuclei intact but push out the electrons to their highest energy level i...
 
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The only way to remove the electrons or get them to higher levels is by adding energy, which simply means heating the atoms to a high enough temperature to form a plasma.
 
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You don't have to heat them directly, but shooting lasers at them, bombarding them with electrons and so on will all make the sample hot as well.

@dsaun777: What do you actually want to do? What is the larger overall goal?
 

What is ionization?

Ionization is the process of converting an atom or molecule into an ion by adding or removing electrons.

Why is it important to efficiently ionize every electron off of atoms?

Efficient ionization allows for accurate measurements and analysis of the properties of atoms and molecules. It also plays a crucial role in various technological applications such as particle accelerators and plasma physics.

How is ionization achieved?

Ionization can be achieved through various methods such as heating, exposure to radiation, or collisions with other particles. The specific method used depends on the type of atom or molecule being ionized.

What factors affect the efficiency of ionization?

The efficiency of ionization can be affected by factors such as the energy of the incoming particles, the type of atom or molecule being ionized, and the presence of other particles or fields that may interfere with the ionization process.

What are some potential applications of efficient ionization?

Efficient ionization has a wide range of applications, including in medical imaging and cancer treatment, environmental monitoring, and the development of new materials and technologies. It also plays a crucial role in fundamental research in fields such as chemistry, physics, and astronomy.

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