Nuclear Energy
The Difference Between
Nuclear Fission

Difference between fusion and fission?

Answer

Wiki User
03/23/2011

Fusion involves the fusing or combination of two nuclides to form one, whereas fission involves the fission or splitting of one nuclide into two. Both processes involve a loss of binding energy (Strong Atomic Force) which is manifest as heat and other forms of energy. It just so happens that the delta binding energy from fusion is hundreds or thousands of times more than that of fission, which is why Hydrogen (fusion) Bombs have so much more energy than Atomic (fission) Bombs.