nuclear theory

more little ghostbusters things
  • patty holds all the high scores on the old pacman arcade game they found in the back of the fire station.
  • the second floor of the firehouse is evenly split between them all, but parts of holtz’s inventions and gadgets still end up everywhere. erin found one under her bed and didn’t bother asking how it got there.
  • the one time abby did the laundry, everything turned neon yellow. No-one knows how it happened, and holtz only wore those clothes for a week straight.
  • as a pet project, erin inadvertently had pluto reclassified as a planet, and millenials swarmed to thank her on twitter.
  • one day, holtz randomly gave everyone perfectly cooked molten chocolate cakes. the team find out she treats baking like nuclear theory and has a weird gift for it, to the team’s joy.
  • erin thought she had a stalker that kept ringing her phone but never said anything. it turned out kevin kept using the speed dial on the office phone accident. erin only figured it out when she briefly heard him reciting his fake oscar-winning speech.
  • there is a running competition for who can defeat the most ghosts in a month. abby and holtz have been continually tied, creating a light rivalry. the media interpreted that instead they actually hate each other, and kept asking them if they’d made up.
  • casper, their adopted cat, randomly went luminous green and floated a foot off the floor for a week. holtz denies all involvement.

How Does Quantum Mechanics Allow The Sun To Shine?

“If it weren’t for the quantum nature of every particle in the Universe, and the fact that their positions are described by wavefunctions with an inherent quantum uncertainty to their position, this overlap that enables nuclear fusion to occur would never have happened. The overwhelming majority of today’s stars in the Universe would never have ignited, including our own. Rather than a world and a sky alight with the nuclear fires burning across the cosmos, our Universe would be desolate and frozen, with the vast majority of stars and solar systems unlit by anything other than a cold, rare, distant starlight.”

Inside the nuclear furnace of the Sun, protons and other atomic nuclei are compressed together into a tiny region of space, where the incredible temperatures and energies try to overcome the repulsive forces of their electric charges. At a maximum temperature of 15 million K, and with a long-tailed (Poisson) distribution of energies at the highest end, we can compute how many protons are energetic enough to overcome the Coulomb barrier. That number is exactly zero. When you consider that 95% of stars are less massive and reach lower core temperatures than our Sun, the problem appears to be even bigger. Yet we’re saved by quantum mechanics, where spread-out wavefunctions can overlap, and nuclear fusion as we know it can proceed.

At a fundamental level, it’s only the quantum nature of our Universe that enables the stars to shine at all.

Preference: Avengers finding out you work at S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Thor: You're too pretty a mortal to be working behind a desk.
  • Natasha: *smirks at all the guys trying to get your attention coz she's the one who helped you get the job anyway*
  • Tony: Ah, good you're here too. Now THIS is a party.
  • Bruce: Oh Miss L/N, great that you're here. If you'd like, I would be happy to share my latest nuclear physics theory.
  • Clint: Nice to have you on board Y/N. Looking forward to seeing more of you around.
  • Steve: Oh Y/N I had no idea that you worked here. Perhaps later we could meet up for some fondue?