March 23, 2009
Studies advance "cold fusion"
studies provide compelling evidence that nuclear reactions are occurring
in tabletop experiments, advancing the still sketchy understanding
of the process popularly known as "cold fusion".
One study measured excess heat and gamma ray emission from
the reaction of the hydrocarbon phenanthrene with platinum in a chamber
filled with pressurized hydrogen gas. Nearly all of the phenanthrene
and platinum survived the experiment and no other substances were
found, which rules out ordinary chemical reactions as the source of
The other study used a thin sheet of plastic to record the
results of a traditional palladium-deuterium experiment. New analysis
of the shapes and orientations of microscopic pits in the plastic
indicates the presence of highly energetic particles that are produced
by nuclear reactions but not ordinary chemical reactions.
A better understanding of these low-energy nuclear reactions
could lead to ways of harnessing them as a renewable energy source.
Heat Generation during Hydrogenation of Carbon Hydride
of Neutrons Emitted during Pd/D Co-Deposition
The 237th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City,
UT, March 22-26, 2009
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