Article 4721 of sci.physics: Subject: Re: Cold Fusion - a Chain Reaction? Date: 31 Mar 89

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Article 4721 of sci.physics: Path: dasys1!cucard!rocky8!cmcl2!rutgers!ucsd!sdcsvax!ucsdhub!hp-sdd!hplabs!hpda!hpcuhb!rb From: rb@hpcuhb.HP.COM (Robert Brooks) Newsgroups: sci.physics Subject: Re: Cold Fusion -- a Chain Reaction? Message-ID: <5250002@hpcuhb.HP.COM> Date: 31 Mar 89 18:26:06 GMT References: <1989Mar29.175756.26926@cs.rochester.edu> Organization: Hewlett Packard, Cupertino Lines: 15 Posted: Fri Mar 31 13:26:06 1989 The chain-reaction idea is interesting. Perhaps protons are the mechanism. Wouldn't energetic protons tend to be "focused" by repulsion of the palladium nuclei along interstitial lines in the lattice, and thus very likely to interact with the deuterons occupying the interstices? It seems the circumstance most fruitful for the occurence of fusion would be a pair of protons moving in the same direction along adjacent interstitial lines at nearly the same time. This would result in many deuterons along the path of the protons being deflected toward each other. Someone mentioned "spin alignment" as a possible reason for the D + D -> T + p reaction being favored over D + D -> He3 + N. Would opposite spins favor the former? (Opposite spins would seem to result from this scenario.) Article 4737 of sci.physics: Path: dasys1!cucard!rocky8!cmcl2!husc6!mailrus!sharkey!bnlux0!piro From: piro@bnlux0.bnl.gov (Oreste Piro) Newsgroups: sci.physics Subject: Re: Cold Fusion -- a Chain Reaction? Message-ID: <1090@bnlux0.bnl.gov> Date: 1 Apr 89 08:12:32 GMT References: <1989Mar29.175756.26926@cs.rochester.edu> Reply-To: piro@bnlux0.UUCP (Oreste Piro) Organization: Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, N.Y. Lines: 38 Posted: Sat Apr 1 03:12:32 1989 In article <1989Mar29.175756.26926@cs.rochester.edu> dietz@cs.rochester.edu (Paul Dietz) writes: >Thinking a bit more about cold fusion, I was perplexed by something. >There clearly has to be tunneling going on. That means something >has to force the nuclei close to one another so the tunneling rate >is nontrivial. This likely takes energy. Where does the energy >come from? >It occured to me that it might come from other fusion reactions. When >a fusion reaction occurs, it spits out one or more energetic nuclei. >These nuclei scatter off other light nuclei, which are displaced to >new locations in the Pd lattice -- perhaps to locations of higher >energy, where they are close to other nuclei with which they may now >fuse. I like this model. Actually, why not thinking of large distortions of the latice (superphonons!) produced by each reaction, propagating away and inducing new reactions? >One may ask how the chain reaction gets started. One possibility is >alpha particle emitters that are no doubt present as trace >contaminants in the Pd. Another possibility could be muon induced fusions. There would be about .1 muons/sec cosmic rays originated muons passing through a cell of the size of the ones reported. >This model offers a new explanation for the long induction time needed >for fusion to start -- the Pd rod must "go critical". It also add some worries. If true, it wont be difficult to get suitable conditions for an explosion. Can you see the impact of easy to carry and home made solid state H-bombs? > Paul F. Dietz > dietz@cs.rochester.edu Oreste Piro

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