Short Summary: The Fusion Process of the Sun
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- The fusion process inside of a stellar
object is a controlled process.
- It is the heavy elements present in the
core of the stellar mass that mimics the control rods in a fission reactor.
- Spectrum analysis only allows for an
elemental breakdown of the materials burning near the surface due to
gravitational compression within the core.
Questions to Ask?
- Why does a fission reaction need
controls rods for a contained reaction rate and fusion does not?
- In a supernova, the core of the star has
access to large amounts of fusion material at once. How is this different from the
- Once a fusion reaction is initiated,
what controls or stops it?
- Is the gravitational force created by
the Sun's mass sufficient to contain the outward expansion due to the fusion
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