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No, Melting Quarks Will Never Work As An Energy Source

15 Nov 2017, 15:01 UTC
No, Melting Quarks Will Never Work As An Energy Source NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The doubly charmed baryon, Ξcc++, contains two charm quarks and one up quark, and was first experimentally discovered at CERN. Now, researchers have simulated how to synthesize it from other charmed baryons that ‘melt’ together, and the energy yields are tremendous. Image credit: Daniel Dominguez, CERN.There’s more to powering the world than releasing energy.When it comes to the ultimate dream of clean, efficient, and prolific energy sources, it’s hard to do better than the secrets held within the interior of an atom. While conventional energy sources rely on chemical-based energy and the atomic/molecular transitions of electrons, nuclear energy is far more efficient. For the same amount of mass, a single atomic nucleus, either when split (for an atom like uranium) or fused together (in the case of hydrogen) can give off up to a million times the amount of energy of a combustion reaction. Recently, “melting quarks” have been discovered to be up to ten times more energy-efficient than fusion reactions. But while fusion and fission both hold tremendous potential for revolutionizing the world’s energy, melting quarks will never work. Here’s the science of why.When two particles meet each other under the right conditions, their wavefunctions can overlap, allowing the ...

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