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Author: rolschwarz
Time: 04/27/05 13:03 PST
This is a reply to message no. 15923 by gerdb
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Feasibility question
Gerd.  Backwards, as usual.

quote: "The real energy comes from converting helium into hydrogen plus freeing up energy.  Hydrogen comes from helium like the female comes from the male, the male being positive."

Exactly backward.  For small nuclei like H and He, it actually takes less energy per nucleon to hold together a nucleus as nucleus size increases.  Thus, when Deuterium atoms are fused (hence the term "fusion") into a helium atom, there is energy left over.

Splitting He nucleus into smaller parts requires addition of energy.

The opposite is true for heavier atoms.  Splitting heavier atoms releases energy.  There is a neutral point around the mass of an iron nucleus where there is very little change in energy per nucleon with the addition or loss of nucleons.

I don't really expect you to understand.  You're one of those people who would rather entertain delusions than take the time and energy to learn anything in depth.
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