Jump to content
Science Forums

Questions about different atom smashing / splitting methods

Recommended Posts

1. We have read that when atom bombs were let off and nuclear power stations entered operation, there was a big rush of heat, which lends support to the idea of atoms actually having been "split" apart (to cause that energy).

2. We have also been told from time to time that atom "smashers", whether in the Kaku family garage, or miles of tunnels under Swiss Alps, are investigating numerous kinds of sub atomic particles that can be made to pop up.

Are the procedures in 1 and 2 above, closely related to each other, or actually rather different?  In particular, why doesn't "smashing" (2) need coolants?  And what does "spent fuel" (1) consist of if it isn't actual elements any more?  Did the two branches of technology actually diverge out of different scientific fields of research at an early date?  Is the apparent overlap or near-overlap in vocabulary genuinely confusing?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The only difference between an "atomic bomb" and "atom smashing" (Does the AEC know about the "Kaku family garage?) is that the latter is controlled.  I can't answer your question "Why doesn't "smashing" (2) require coolants" because it does!   Cooling is an important part of the "controlling" the reaction.

I don't know what "overlap in vocabulary" you are talking about.  Can you give a few examples? 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...