Fusing H into Au (was Re: Submolecular nanotech [WAS: Goals])

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp-lib.org)
Mon, 17 May 1999 16:16:20 -0700

Eliezer wrote:
>Not hydrogen-into-gold (does jon have any idea how much energy that
>would release? it'd be orders of magnitude more than an equivalent
>thermonuclear hydrogen-to-helium),

Actually, the binding energy curve changes slope around iron (56|26 Fe, I seem to recall) and fusing nuclei heavier than iron actually consumes energy. See for example
http://www.ucdsb.on.ca/tiss/stretton/chem2/nuc03.htm (which calls out Au specifically).