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Activity Discussion Science & Technology What is the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion? Reply To: What is the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion?

  • Sri

    June 18, 2023 at 12:30 pm
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    Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion are both processes that involve the release of energy from atoms, but they are fundamentally different.

    Nuclear fission is the process of splitting the nucleus of an atom into two smaller nuclei, usually by bombarding it with a neutron. This process releases a large amount of energy and additional neutrons, which can initiate a chain reaction. Fission is used in nuclear power plants and atomic bombs.

    Nuclear fusion, on the other hand, is the process of combining two light atomic nuclei to form a heavier nucleus. This process occurs at extremely high temperatures and pressures, such as those found in the core of the Sun. Fusion releases even more energy than fission and does not produce long-lived radioactive waste. Scientists are working on developing controlled fusion as a potential future source of clean and abundant energy.

    Both fission and fusion are significant in terms of energy production and have different applications and implications in the field of science and technology

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