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Is fusion a chemical reaction?
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Updated 6/4/2012 10:44:27 AM
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No, Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars. “Fusion” is the word used to describe what happens when the nuclei of light atoms overcome their electrical resistance to get close enough to activate the strong nuclear forces that make them stick together, or “fuse”.

This is different from chemical reactions (like burning fossil fuels). In a chemical reaction, elements remain the same, it’s the electrons that are moving around, changing states.

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