Nuclear energy

Farndon, John
January 2003
Science (1-59084-471-8);2003, p59
Book Chapter
Nuclear energy can be created from fusion or fission. Nuclear fusion, which is the reaction that keeps stars glowing and gives hydrogen bombs their power, happens when energy is released by fusing together small atoms such as deuterium. Nuclear fission is the energy released by splitting the large nuclei of atoms, such as uranium and plutonium, which is done by firing neutrons into the nuclear fuel that causes a nuclear chain reaction. An atom bomb is a nuclear weapon, but the hydrogen bomb is a thermonuclear weapon.


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