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In fusion, light atoms are joined in a high-temperature process that frees large amounts of energy. Fusion produces virtually no air pollution and does not pose the safety and long-term radioactive waste concerns associated with modern nuclear power plants, where heavy uranium atoms are split to create energy in a process known as nuclear fission.
In the UCLA experiment, scientists placed a tiny crystal that can generate a strong electric field into a vacuum chamber filled with deuterium gas, a form of hydrogen capable of fusion. Then the researchers activated the crystal by heating it.
The resulting reaction gave off an isotope of helium along with subatomic particles known as neutrons, a characteristic of fusion. The experiment did not, however, produce more energy than the amount put in -- an achievement that would be a huge breakthrough.
Originally posted by tantalus_unbound
Meh, not such a big breakthrough, the article stated clearly that more energy was spent to get the reaction
Until Leo Szillard figured out how to use slow neutrons to initiate a self-sustaingi chain reaction using U235, even Einstein couldn't figure out how to make fission work without putting more energy into the process than you got out of it. Give it time.
Originally posted by LA_Maximus
Its about time!!
Now if they can jam a Fusion engine under the hood of my F-250....than Ill celebrate.
Originally posted by Astronomer68
your editorial comments at the end of the piece are out of place in a news article.