heavy hydrogen


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heavy hydrogen

[′hev·ē ′hī·drə·jən]
(nuclear physics)
Hydrogen consisting of isotopes whose mass number is greater than one, namely deuterium or tritium.
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This produces very high temperatures and densities that, when high enough, fuse the heavy hydrogen into helium.
Investigating the hydrogen isotopes in the plaster provided a link to one suspect, whose living room air was similarly enriched in heavy hydrogen, a team reported in January in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
This produces enormous temperatures that, when high enough, fuse the heavy hydrogen into helium, releasing heat that could be used to create steam and drive a turbine to produce electricity.
In both sets of experiments, the researchers used chilled acetone in which hydrogen atoms had been replaced by deuterium, or heavy hydrogen, which fuses more readily than ordinary hydrogen does.
Last year, nuclei of heavy hydrogen and of gold were slammed against each other at RHIC.