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Department of Physics
Student Seminar Announcement for April 24
Apr 22, 2013
PHYS600 Wednesday, April 24, 4:00-4:50 pm
Currens Hall 205
All physics faculty and students are invited.
Speaker: Ahmad Saeedi
Graduate Student, Physics Department, WIU
Title: "Nuclear Energy - Fission and Fusion"
Nuclear energy is one of the major forms of energy that is trapped inside each atom's nucleus. A tremendous amount of energy is released when an atom's nucleus undergoes fission (splits apart). When this energy is released in a controlled manner, it can be harnessed to generate electricity. Otherwise, it can make a tremendous explosion as in an atomic bomb. Another form of nuclear energy is called fusion. Fusion means joining smaller nuclei to make larger nucleus. The Sun generates energy by fusion of hydrogen atoms into helium atoms. Fusion also generates large amounts of energy but less radioactive material than fission. In this presentation I will describe these two types of energies, their production, and its uses.