protons, neutrons and electrons.
|proton, neutron, proton, |
neutron and 2 orbiting electrons)
|1 proton and 1 electron|
by 10 degrees Kelvin," http://www.chem.uic.edu/marek/apintropage/ap_notes/chapter18/rateseffectstempconcats.htm
|Effective collision. Red and blue|
atoms connect and separate,
creating 2 new different atoms
(water colliding with water). You could add something to the water and see what happens, but 180 degrees is simply not hot enough to cause effective collisions.
Now then, speed is the byproduct of temperature, so it means that the atoms are already in a violent state, and that violent state is simply getting much more violent as more speed is built up and more collisions occur, releasing more "atomic" energy, which could range from boiling water to bombs in simplistic terminology, since all energy is atomic in nature! However, the atomic energy you want to hear about is thusly; it is when volatile atoms collide at great speeds that they seem to experience fusion, since they become superheated, which greatly increases the speed even more and increases the chances for effective collisions. And because speed is a form of kinetic energy, like your pot of boiling water, increasing the speed is like adding more energy into the mix, and although this energy is indirect, the results are terribly direct. Speed exacerbates these collisions! In atoms that already contain large amounts of energy, this fusion process takes place more violently when the speed is extreme.
This atomic fusion releases absurd amounts of destructive force for such tiny atoms, like the atom bomb which crushed Hiroshima, instantly killing nearly a million people and reducing the entire city is a radiation-ridden pile of debris and ash. This is why supernovas are so devastating, since this explosive process takes place at 10% light speed (71 million mph). Supernovas release more energy in a 3 to 8 hours than our Sun has for its entire 4,500,000,000 (4.5 billion) year life! Wow. I'm posting an article on Neutron stars to demonstrate the sheer power of stars compared to Earth's largest and most destructive bombs ever made or conceived of. The numbers are staggering, and shows how Earth and humanity aren't even ants in the universe.
There is another article on antimatter called "Force of Space Propulsion," which is another form of destructive energy that humans try to use for atomic energy purposes, like for starship travel or more bombs. As a teaser, just 2.2 lbs. of antimatter is much more destructive in both blast and yield in megatons of force than the Tsar Bomba, a 60,000 lbs. bomb, the most powerful bomb ever detonated on Earth, and more energy than two side by side hurricanes raging for over a 12 hour period! Enjoy!