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Stable isotope

  1. Jan 12, 2007 #1
    In fusor you react one deuterium with another one. So you should get 4He2. Why does it ejects one proton or neutron from nucleus?
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2007 #2

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    D + D -> 3He + n or T + p with almost equal probability, rather than 4He. It involves various conservation laws (energy, momentum, spin, . . .) and QM.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2007 #3
    I have a question. The OP asked about fusion of two "deuterium" (which is nucleons plus electrons), but does not your response give results of fusion of two "deuterons" (nucleons without electrons) ? Next, what differences are expected from the two different fusion events (1) fusion of two deuterium atoms and (2) fusion of two deuteron nuclei. Thanks for any clarification.
     
  5. Jan 13, 2007 #4
    I have another question. As shown in the attached figures, does not the 4He appear for a short period of time as an unstable entity ? If so, is it not possible (at least in theory), to stop the process at this intermediate stage, since 4He as the "alpha" is very stable ?
     

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