P2 7.2 Nuclear Fusion

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  • Nuclear Fusion
    • The process of forcing two nuclei close enough together so they form a single nucleus
    • Can be brought about by making two nuclei collide at very high speed
    • Fusion is the process by which energy is released in stars
    • Causes many problems
      • Nuclei approaching each other will repel due to their positive charge
        • Nuclei must be heated to very high temperatures to give them enough energy to overcome this
      • Has to be contained by a magnetic field due to the high temperatures


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