posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 06:35 AM
I've recently being doing a Process Technician course which involves basic physics, and it's brought a few questions to mind. Hopefully someone here
can answer them?
They've all come from me reading somewhere that the lead lining on the wall of a nuclear reactor can transmute to gold due to the intense heat and
pressures involved. If I remember rightly, it's not pure gold that's created, but is that due to contaminants in the gold or is it because it's a
different isotope of gold?
Obviously an efficient and cost effective way of turning lead to gold has been an alchemical holy grail for years, but I also wonder if there where
other metals that might be easier?
For example, Gold has an atomic number (AN) of 79 and an atomic mass (AM) of 197, so would it be possible to fuse say copper atoms (AN 29 AM 63.5)
with tin atoms (AN 50 AM 118.7) to create an isotope of gold that would have an AN of 79 (same as gold) but an AM of 182.2 - 14.8 less than a standard
Finally, getting back to "worthless metal to precious metal", has it ever heard of for someone to try to achieve the same goal with, maybe, tin to
silver? These are directly above their counterparts in the periodic table...
Anyhoo, thanks for reading, hope someone can help
edit on 20/2/2013 by kai22 because: Blank thread!