TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Why can't we achieve fusion with normal Hydrogen(Protium)?

In fusion research, experiments are almost always done using Deuterium-Deuterium reactions or Deuterium-Tritium reactions, but why can't reactions be achieved with Protium, the most common isotope of Hydrogen which makes up most of our sea water?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Feb 4 2013: physics This has been going on for years and never got close Even when I was a graduate student. My advisor told me that maybe it will never work.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.