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The Fusion Dream Fusion power has been the dream of scientist all over the world since the forties The potential for fusion power was first discovered during the development of atomic power in the Manhattan Project In 1951 top secret fusion research began under the code name Project SherwoodUS Congress 40 Project Sherwood was the USs first step toward fusion power The creation of a fusion reactor would mark the beginning of a new era for mankind The new space age and the new everything age is linked more and more to the new energy revolutionGuterl 1 Fusion means joining smaller nuclei to make a lager nucleus This releases a tremendous amount of energy The sun uses the nuclear fusion of two hydrogen atoms into one helium atom Picture courtesy of wwwdiscoverycom This gives off heat light and small amounts of radiation Two types of hydrogen atoms deuterium one neutron and one proton and tritium two neutrons and one proton fuse together to make a helium atom and an extra neuron Scientist have been working on controlling nuclear fusion since the fifties trying to make a fusion reactor to produce electricity Unfortunately they have been having trouble learning how to control the reaction in a contained space There are two types of fusion power hot and cold Hot fusion is the process of using energy to fuse the two hydrogen atoms together Since deuterium and tritium naturally repel each other to get them to stay close enough and long enough for them to fuse the nuclei must be heated to approximately 100 million degrees Celsius US Congress At this temperature matter is converted into plasma super hot and unstable matter Since no solid container can withstand the heat of plasma magnetic fields are used This makes hot fusion research difficult The equipment needed to make hot fusion work is very complex and very expensive Researchers have theorized of another simpler
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