Nuclear Fission and Fusion

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  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
    • During Nuclear Fission, atomic nuclei split which releases energy
      • Two fissionable elements commonly used in nuclear reactors are Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239
    • Nuclear Fission is not the same as radioactive decay
      • It is caused by a man-made process
      • Whereas, radioactive decay is a spontaneous process when isotopes are unstable
    • During nuclear fusion, two atomic nuclei join together to form a larger one.
      • Energy is released when two light nuclei fuse together. Nuclear fusion is the process by which energy is released in stars
      • Fusion Reactors could meet all energy needs, but there are enormous practical difficulties


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