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Is there such a thing as an electron reaction?
« on: 10/04/2009 06:59:32 »
Is there such a thing like an electron reaction, instead of a nuclear reaction? would it generated more energy since the electrons repel themselves?
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Re: Is there such a thing as an electron reaction?
« Reply #1 on: 10/04/2009 08:22:56 »
Is there such a thing like an electron reaction, instead of a nuclear reaction? would it generated more energy since the electrons repel themselves?

No. Not of any i know of anyway.
 

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Re: Is there such a thing as an electron reaction?
« Reply #2 on: 10/04/2009 09:16:24 »
Is there such a thing like an electron reaction, instead of a nuclear reaction? would it generated more energy since the electrons repel themselves?
It depends on what you mean with "electron reaction". If you mean annihilation with positrons, then, yes, you get a lot of energy! The problem is that you have to spend much more energy to produce the positrons...
 

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Is there such a thing as an electron reaction?
« Reply #3 on: 10/04/2009 17:40:02 »
In some sense an "electron reaction" is atomic physics/chemistry, since there are interactions involving orbital electrons. 

The energy scale for atomic-scale electromagnetic interactions is generally smaller than for nuclear interactions, often by 5 or 6 orders of magnitude.
 

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Is there such a thing as an electron reaction?
« Reply #4 on: 10/04/2009 20:01:32 »
is the energy released proportional to the size?
 

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Is there such a thing as an electron reaction?
« Reply #5 on: 11/04/2009 08:23:44 »
You can't have an electron reaction in the same way that you can have a nuclear reaction. Nuclear reactions can occur because nucleons can bind to one-another using the strong nuclear force. This puts them in a lower energy state, which consequently causes the release of energy from the nucleus. Electrons do not participate in the strong nuclear force and therefore cannot bind to one-another.
 

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