Wednesday, 23 April 2014

"Fusion reaction created in microwave oven"

From the BBC:

Scientists have outlined how they managed to create a fusion reaction using a household microwave oven.

Nuclear fusion is a nuclear reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei collide at a very high speed and join to form a new type of atomic nucleus. During this process, mass is not conserved because some of the mass of the fusing nuclei is converted to photons (energy).

An Irish-UK team placed hydrogen and helium (used in party balloons) into a 800W microwave oven, then added water and dishwashing liquid, and left on full power for several hours.

The results are reported in the journal Nuclear For Beginners.


Derek said...

Philo Farnsworth already worked this out in the 1960s. Now anyone can make one.