Space-filling model of part of the crystal structure of lithium hydride. Lithium deuteride - The corresponding lithium-6 deuteride, formula 6Li2H or 6LiD, is the fusion fuel in thermonuclear weapons. In warheads of the Teller-Ulam design, a fission trigger explosion heats, compresses and bombards 6LiD with neutrons to produce tritium in an exothermic reaction. The deuterium and tritium (both isotopes of hydrogen) then fuse to produce helium-4, a neutron and 17.59 MeV of energy.
Nuclear fusion is considered the ultimate power source – using the heat from breaking apart radioactive elements and isotopes to drive steam-powered turbines, this technology would be virtually limitless. It’s far from a new concept, but complications in the physics have prevented it from being achievable. Holding two isotopes of hydrogen at 200 million degrees until they collide and fuse to make helium would require building a device that runs at ten times the temperature of the sun.
Hydrogen is a chemical element with chemical symbol H and atomic number 1. With an atomic weight of 7000100794000000000♠1.00794 u, hydrogen is the lightest element on the periodic table. Its monatomic form is the most abundant chemical substance in the Universe, constituting roughly 75% of all baryonic mass.[note 1] Non-remnant stars are mainly composed of hydrogen in the plasma state. The most common isotope of hydrogen, termed protium , has one proton and no neutrons.
This is a simple DIY nuclear battery. It uses a small, prepurchased Tritium tube that glows for 20+ years pressed against a tiny calculator solar panel and reflector to produce 1.6V at ~50 nanoamps for around $40. It will produce relatively constant current for years, decreasing with the 12-year halflife of Tritium. It can be used to charge capacitors which can then flash an LED briefly with a voltage boosting circuit. Tritium is an isotope of Hydrogen containing 2 neutrons. It is unstable…
Luminox Special Ops Tritium Diver. A favorite of the Navy Seals....Tritium is a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen and glows constantly for nearly 20 years without needing sunlight to charge....its a science thing :) Look up Tritium on Wikipedia.....it is fascinating how it works....really!
“Tritium is a highly radioactive isotope of hydrogen, with a specific activity of almost 10,000 curies per gram… Since tritium has the same chemical properties as hydrogen, it can combine with oxygen to form water.” ~ Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D. http://www.nuclearworld.net/
Molecules drums ,the philosophy behind these drums must be diametrically opposed to that of the Square Drums camp. Sounds like the makings of a good old-fashioned Holy War. BTW, I do realize, that Deuterium and Tritium are not part of the periodic table but they are isotopes of Hydrogen so that's got to count for something..