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Textbook Problem

How does the lithium deuteride in the thermonuclear bomb shown in Figure 32.33 supply tritium (3H) as well as deuterium (2H)?

To determine

The lithium deuteride in the thermonuclear bomb supply tritium as well as deuterium.

Explanation

Introduction:

Thermonuclear bomb utilizes the energy released when two atomic nuclei combine or fuse.

Deuterium and tritium which are isotopes of hydrogen, provide ideal interacting nuclei for the fusion process. Two atoms of deuterium, each with one proton and one neutron, or tritium, with one proton and two neutrons, combine during the fusion process to form a heavier helium nucleus, which has two protons and either one or two neutrons.

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