? asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

Is it possible to produce synthetic Helium?

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or compose another gas with enough similar properties to be used as a substitute for He when the world supply runs out?

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  • Norrie
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    1 decade ago
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    The fusion of two atoms of Deuterium (heavy hydrogen ²H), does just that.

    Hydrogen (H) has a single proton, a single electron and NO neutrons in its atom.

    Deuterium (isotope), heavy hydrogen consists of a nucleus of hydrogen containing 1 Proton and 1 Neutron with 1 electron in orbit.

    When two atoms are combined, the result is 1 atom of Helium (He) which has 2 protons, 2 Neutrons in its nucleus and 2 Electrons in its single energy shell. (The hydrogen fusion reaction is the principle behind the Hydrogen bomb).

    (Please elucidate on the reason for the thumbs down !!!???).

  • 1 decade ago

    Realistically, No.

    What you are asking, is there a second chemical composition that has the properties of Helium, and can be made "synthetically", hence, in a lab or some such.

    While there are variations of Helium with differing atomic weights, to get the properties of Helium, you would want to make Helium itself.

    How, if you wanted just one aspect of Helium to be reproduced, then that would be the question, be it its inert ability, or something else.

  • 4 years ago

    Artificial Helium

  • 1 decade ago

    Several nuclear reactions yield helium as products. Fusion reactions of hydrogen isotopes give different isotopes of helium, and various fission reactions or radioactive decays give off alpha particles, which are helium nuclei. Guess that's up to you to decide if that's "synthetic" helium.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Helium is generated in thermonuclear explosions. So yes, we have made helium ever since we detonated Mike ( 10.4 Megaton yield )at Eniwetok Nov 1, 1952

    deuterium + tritium--------> Helium + neutron + 17.59 MeV

    Source(s): Ph.D. Biochem BS Chem
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FUSE 2 HYDROGEN ATOMS TOGETHER

    Source(s): THE SUN
  • 1 decade ago

    may be, may be not.

  • 1 decade ago

    no

    Source(s): mine
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