Cold Fusion a Possible Source of Power?
Source: Nuclear Engineering International (3/25/09)
"Once called "cold fusion" this process may promise a new source of energy."
The group of scientists says they have discovered visual evidence that LENR devices can produce neutrons - the telltale signs that nuclear reactions are occurring. Analytical chemist Pamela Mosier-Boss of the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) is co-author of a new study, presented at the American Chemical Society's 237th National Meeting on 23 March.
In the study, Mosier-Boss and colleagues revealed how they inserted an electrode composed of nickel or gold wire into a solution of palladium chloride mixed with deuterium in a process called co-deposition.
Researchers passed electric current through the solution, causing a reaction within seconds. The scientists then used a special plastic, CR-39, to capture and track any high-energy particles that may have been emitted during reactions, including any neutrons emitted during the fusion of deuterium atoms.
At the end of the experiment, they examined the plastic with a microscope and discovered patterns of "triple tracks," tiny-clusters of three adjacent pits that appear to split apart from a single point. The researchers say that the track marks were made by subatomic particles released when neutrons smashed into the plastic. Importantly, Mosier-Boss and colleagues believe that the neutrons originated in nuclear reactions, perhaps from fusing deuterium nuclei.