Can extremely high pressure cause a nuclear reaction?

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Diogo Rocha  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello,

I'd like to know if hypothetically it could be possible to cause a nuclear reaction by applying an uniform extremely high pressure at a confined amount of common material, like for example: 1 kg of water.

Thank you very much.

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 12/01/2011 20:30:03 by _system »

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Can extremely high pressure cause a nuclear reaction?
« Reply #1 on: 13/01/2011 00:58:01 »
Sure, it should, after all the idea of the Big bang is one 'spot' exploding/radiating and faster than light too. But to get to that state you will have to apply a very strong force and it would express itself as radiation. If it would be a nuclear explosion? More like a radiation to me.

That they call it incompressible is just a matter of the forces we use down here.
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Can extremely high pressure cause a nuclear reaction?
« Reply #2 on: 13/01/2011 18:00:15 »
Yes you could but you would need the pressures and as a result of this the temperatures that exist in the centre of the sun.
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Can extremely high pressure cause a nuclear reaction?
« Reply #3 on: 13/01/2011 20:56:49 »
I believe there are experiments going on compressing small Gold samples with the aid of large lasers to produce nuclear fusion supposedly for peaceful purposes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ignition_Facility
« Last Edit: 13/01/2011 21:03:44 by syhprum »
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