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This article explains why more than 50 years of research on controlled nuclear fusion has been a total failure.

Nuclear fusion is an exothermic reaction, producing heat or another form of energy. Existing machines intended to produce fusion pump large amounts of energy into the chambers containing the hydrogen isotopes to be fused.

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But pumping energy into an exothermic reaction actually suppresses it. Existing machines on this basis can never produce the desired result.

Instead, the key to controlled nuclear fusion of hydrogen is to subject it to very high pressures, at normal temperatures. The Sun, and also hydrogen bombs, achieve nuclear fusion through high pressures, not high temperatures.

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  • Thomas Goodey  On July 24, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    This reasoning is completely wrong. To cause the nuclei of two atoms to fuse together and release fusion energy, it is necessary to overcome the Coulomb barrier between them – to force them together against their mutual repulsion. According to conventional thought, this can only be done by a combination of very high pressure and very high temperature, both of which are supplied in a thermonuclear explosion (“hydrogen” bomb). It’s not practical to supply enough pressure to do the job by itself, in any way.

    I don’t think the author understands the fundamentals of the subject. Notice his statement “In a hydrogen bomb, atoms of hydrogen (or its isotopes deuterium or tritium) are fused together to make atoms of helium.” The “OR” is idiotic. Only deuterium or tritium can be used.

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  • Thomas Goodey  On July 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    In other words, Proposition ECP1 is not true in any useful sense. The pressure that would be required cannot be attained by any means conceivable to present-day science. The statement “But, nuclear fusion is not brought about by the heat energy (just the opposite), instead by the extremely high pressures at the Sun’s core.” is completely wrong. As can be checked in any book on astrophysics. The author of this article knows nothing.

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  • Mathias List  On June 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

    There is a relation between temperature and pressure. Like in a fire piston or sumpak if you compress the gas or air you increase temperature. You heat up water in a closed cooking pot and thus increase pressure. So it looks like as if the two things have the same effect and are interchangeable. This article does not really point out the difference.
    David Noel comments: What Mathias says is true of gases. It does not apply to solids or liquids or atomic nuclei. If atoms and their nuclei are hugely compressed, they fuse. That is how nuclear fusion works.

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