Nuclear Fusion Discovery!

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Spotlight Sunday!

We {Science Extravaganza Magazine} caught an interview with the woman who discovered this herself, Ms. Lily Sawyer. We asked Lily a couple of questions regard her recent discovery of the key to nuclear fusion.

Who?

Q: Please tell us a little about yourself Ms. Sawyer, how did you stumble upon this scientific breakthrough?


A: Please, call me Lily. Anyway to answer your question, I always had a love for science, I can thank my dad for that. Ever since a young age he always drilled into our heads, how important the environment and science and such , is to humans. I was so intrigued and in awe of it all I chose a carer in science. I was experimenting, really that was all, there was no theory but an equation. E=MC2. I was at the lab and I was like "light bulb", you know? I thought if we could split [atoms] into smaller pieces, why not put them together? So I took it up with Bernie, my boss and he said what the heck let's try it and a couple Bams and booms later here I am.

What?

Q: What exactly is Fusion?


A: There are multiple types of fusion but simply stated, Fusion is when two light atoms fuse together to make a heavier/ bigger one. The total mass of the new atom is less than that of the two that formed it so in tern the "missing" mass is given off as energy. Did that make sense?


Q: Yes, but what are some of the examples of other types of fusion?


A: Do you have your pen ready?! No, I'm kidding! Some of the different types of fusion are Deuterium-Tritium fusion, Deuterium-deuterium fusion and Proton-proton fusion.


Q: What exactly makes them different?


A: Well mainly the ingredients. Deuterium is a promising ingredient because it is an isotope of hydrogen, containing a single proton and neutron but no electron while with Protons, the dominant driver for stars like the sun with core temperatures under 27 million degrees F (15 million degrees C), proton-proton fusion begins with two protons and ultimately yields high energy particles such as positrons, neutrinos, and gamma rays.

Why?

Q: Lily, why is this such a big deal, what does it mean to the science world?


A: That's a great question. Well for starters we just found a new way to create energy with minimal [disadvantages], which is huge! Fusion yields very large amounts of energy and low nuclear waste production, and lack of air pollution. Fusion, the same source that powers stars, a little trivial knowledge for you, could be an alternative to conventional energy sources.