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Offline Arkade

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Fusion involving Sunstone
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:18:08 PM »
Hello all.

I'm working on a story and I need to know what would be produced if sunstone were involved in fusion.

I'm familiar with how fusion works inside stars, but I'm afraid I'm out of my element (pun intended) when it comes to fusion involving multiple different elements at the same time. Obviously there will be different results dependent on how much heat is involved, but I have no idea what those results would be.

Would like elements only fuse with each other (Aluminum to aluminum, silicon to silicon, etc.)? Would the lighter elements keep combining until they produced the heaviest element possible based on the amount of heat?

Any help you can provide is appreciated.

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Re: Fusion involving Sunstone
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 04:31:22 AM »
What is a sunstone?

See if these links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_nucleosynthesis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B2FH_paper

don't help. This is really not something that can be answered in a few words. (Not that I know the long answer!)
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Re: Fusion involving Sunstone
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2013, 09:38:48 AM »
Elements fuse with different ones, see Bethe's cycle for instance. There is no simple rule; a few reaction paths are hugely more favourable than all others during each quiet time of a star's evolution. But different synthesis steps may coexist at different depths for a limited period: still hydrogen to helium at moderate depth, while helium already fuses at the core.

Iron and nickel are the most stable elements and accordingly, constitute most of Earth's depth; our crust is more varied because lighter elements floating on iron and nickel compose it. Elements beyond nickel result from processes that don't stop at the most stable elements, typically supernovae explosions.

Never heard about Sunstone neither.

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Re: Fusion involving Sunstone
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2013, 06:55:34 PM »
It sounds like it isn't something that will be workable for my story, so I'll have to go in a different direction. But I appreciate your responses.

BTW, this is sunstone:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunstone

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