Fusion-fission reactions

Fusion-fission reactions
An 16O beam is to the left and the 16O target is to the right. The beam collides with the target nuclei and fuses. The new system, 32S has large amounts of energy and a quantity called angular momentum, which is a quantum number. In this example, the nucleus has so much energy and angular moment that it "blows itself apart" into two large fragments. These fragments also contain lots of energy and as in the fusion example, nucleons are emitted followed by many gamma-rays. This entire process is takes place inside of 10-12 of a second .

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