Are fusion operations commutative?



  • Can I fuse a Carbon atom into an atom of Hydrogen just as easily as it is done the other way around, or must the smaller-mass atom be the source and the heavier one always be the target?



  • You can fuse atoms in any order, but it's usual to fuse lighter atoms into the target as you'll have a stream of lighter atoms, e.g., Hydrogen with which you are trying to make an heaver atom, e.g., Oxygen.




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