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Re: Recycling everything using nuclear fusion

Date: Tue Jan 15 12:09:25 2002
Posted By: RAUL SANCHEZ, Staff, Physics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Fisica
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1010698508.Ph

Definitely yes. It is theoretically possible, but in practice, it seems to
be unlikely. At least, right now. The problem with fusing heavy nuclei is
the very high temperatures required. Fusing two hydrogen nuclei requires a
temperature of millions of degrees, which is already demanding enough for
our technology. And it will take another 50 years at least for this to be
feasible. But who knows what people will be able to do in the future? As a
matter of fact, I do not know of anybody trying to do this at the present

Raul Sanchez

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