Journal of Fusion Energy

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 197–201

Neutron Repulsion Confirmed as Energy Source

Authors

    • University of Missouri
  • E. Miller
    • University of Missouri
  • A. Katragada
    • University of Missouri
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023485018692

Cite this article as:
Manuel, O., Miller, E. & Katragada, A. Journal of Fusion Energy (2001) 20: 197. doi:10.1023/A:1023485018692

Abstract

Systematic properties of heavy nuclides reveal a fine structure in Coulomb energy that parallels variations in mass arising from n-n interactions between neutrons. These results confirm an earlier suggestion that n-n interactions in the nucleus are repulsive. Neutron emission may release up to 1.1%–2.4% of the nuclear rest mass as energy. By comparison, 0.8% of the rest mass is converted to energy in hydrogen fusion and 0.1% is converted to energy in fission. Neutron emission in the core of the Sun may trigger a series of reactions that collectively produce the Sun's luminosity and an outpouring of protons and neutrinos from its surface.

Nucleon interactions neutron-neutron repulsion solar energy

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