Splitting Helium 2
In regard to, "splitting the Helium atom", would it be possible by
fission to split the helium atom into two hydrogen isotopes, specifically
tritium and/or deuterium; then fuse the two isotopes into helium thus ma
process. Could this be used, if possible, as a new power source for space
propulsion (channeling the new formed energy as thrust)?
Neat idea. Unfortunately, what you break apart can only regain
for you the original energy upon fusing. There would be no
energy source except for the source you used to break helium apart.
The fission reaction would be one of many possible if your initial
probe had enough energy to break apart the helium. This would take
quite a bit since Helium is tightly bound.
samuel p bowen
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