Jun 24, 2016

Gun Fusion: Two barrels to the stars

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To start a fusion reaction, you have to create extreme conditions. A combination of stellar temperatures, incredible pressures and lightning-quick energy dumps have all been tried to create these conditions, with varying degrees of success.

In this post, we’ll look at a low-cost, low-energy method of achieving nuclear fusion. It’s not Cold Fusion, it’s Gun Fusion.

Understanding what’s difficult

Nuclear fusion, as you may already know, is the addition of two atomic nuclei to create products with a slightly lower mass. The difference in mass is released as energy. If you’ve sat through basic chemistry, you’ll know that atoms contains electrons, protons and neutrons. Two of these are charged — they act through electromagnetic forces to repel or attract each other.

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