Pros And Cons Of Proton-Boron Fusion

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Since the achievement of nuclear fission, society has been seeking the next step. The successful splitting of an atom was not enough. The scientist set out to get to the next step, but ran into multiple problems. Fusion, the process of combining atoms, required an enormous amount of power. As of now, deuterium and tritium, isotopes of hydrogen, were used, because they were considered the most achievable because the amount of energy needed to sustain a reaction was minimal compared to that of other elements. However, using deuterium should not be the goal for it creates un-harvestable energy such as neutron-radiation. Hydrogen and Boron should be the focus of nuclear fusion fuels. Hydrogen and Boron as reactants for nuclear fusion would the…show more content…
A deuterium reaction releases energy in the form of free-flowing neutrons, which scientists cannot yet convert into electrical energy. As a case in point, in Didier C. Moreau article, “Potentiality of the proton-boron fuel for controlled thermonuclear fusion,” Moreau praises the absence of radiation in a hydrogen-boron fusion. The reaction, in turn, releases pure energy as free-flowing electrons. These electrons can be conducted by a simple metal plate. Hydrogen-boron also releases a large amount of energy in the form of light. Photoelectric panels installed within the reactor wall can harness the energy from the photons (Hydrogen-Boron vs. Deuterium-Tritium. 2). Boron also requires a larger amount of energy for ionization, which is a reason the fuel source in overlooked. In These photoelectric panels could also cut down on the loss of energy due to the reflection and refraction of a laser ignition source (Azizi, et al 1) as they would absorb the light given off (Hora, et al 3). The highest power energy released from the reaction are done so in the form of x-rays. These x-rays are no more potent than that of an airport security…show more content…
After ionization, the loss of electrons, the hydrogen atoms and boron atoms are smashed into one another at an extremely high velocity and temperature. This causes the atoms to fuse and create a carbon atom. This carbon atom is an unstable isotope of the element and decays almost immediately into three helium atoms. The decay of the carbon atom releases x-rays. The x-rays can be halted and mostly absorbed by special conductive foils made from transition metals such as gold. The neutrons, protons, and energy are evenly distributed in such a way that the reaction will results in no radiation being released by heavily unusable isomers (Janev and Smith 5). In turn, the helium atoms created are not energized enough to become alpha radiation, therefore they stay as sable isotopes. The production of helium is an extremely beneficial of fusion because of the rapid use of helium, a non-renewable resource (Hora, et al
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