When fusion converts Hydrogen to Helium and releases energy, why are only two protons and electrons combined. Why not all four?
- oldprofLv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
Heh? What you have is D2 + T3 + q --> He4 + n + Q as a typical fusion of deuterium and tritium, hydrogen isotopes. D has p,n,e and T has p,n,n,e as proton, neutron, and electron constituents.
The He is a complete helium atom with 2p, 2n, and 2e; so neutrons, n, are included in the helium product. The free neutron, n on the RHS, is the source of all that release energy Q in that the strong force that once bound it to a D or T is no longer used and that energy is released.
My point is that there are 2p, 3n, and 2e on the LHS of the reaction and there are also the same number of each on the RHS.
- 5 years ago
Rude and Insulting the asker of the question? Affirmative.