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Why when 3He captures a neutron, does it not turn into 4He, rather than 3H + H?

itsallgoodjames - 21-1-2021 at 08:03

Basically what the title says. I can't seem to find any information about this. My only thoughts are that maybe it forms 4He in some sort of metastable state, which quickly decays into 1H and 3H, but I can't find a reference for that. The other thought that I came up with is maybe the 3He is fissioning, but like before, I couldn't find a reference for that either. Any ideas?


itsallgoodjames - 10-2-2021 at 08:51

Nevermind, ignore this please

metalresearcher - 10-2-2021 at 10:49

Anyway, that is much better than the ITER process which fuses 2H + 3H => 4He + neutron.
The neutrons are the problem, it irradiates the reactor vessel and generates radioactive isotopes.

IMHO, the only safe nuclear fusion is neutronless fusion such as fusing hydrogen and tritium descibed here by TO.