- Nuclear Worksheet #5
||There is a gain
in binding energy per nucleon when light nuclei fuse to form heavier nuclei.
Why, therefore, don't a tritium atom and a deuterium atom, in a mixture of
these isotopes, just spontaneously fuse to give helium (and energy)?
||The word plasma
is used in discussion of nuclear fusion. What does this word mean?
||What is the Lawson
criterion and how does it serve in research on nuclear fusion?
confinement of tritium and deuterium within a pellet is used, how does laser
energy interact with the pellet and initiate nuclear fusion?
||What purpose is
served by a molten lithium "blanket" around the chamber where lasers and fuel
||Why is an isotope
of hydrogen a better candidate for nuclear fusion than an isotope of helium?