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Title: A REALISTIC EXAMINATION OF COLD FUSION CLAIMS 24 YEARS LATER

Abstract

On March 29, 1989, chemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced they had discovered an effect whose explanation was required to lie in the realm of nuclear reactions. Their claim, and those subsequent to it of roughly similar nature, became known as ‘cold fusion’. Research continues to this day on this effect, but what has become clear is that whatever it is, it is not a conventional fusion process. Thus the ‘cold fusion’ moniker is somewhat inappropriate and many current researchers in the field prefer the term “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)”, although other terms have been coined for it as well. the results developed out of the LENR research do in fact show something is happening to produce signals which might be interpreted as supporting nuclear reactions (which is what encourages and sustains LENR researchers), but which can also be interpreted via a set of unique and interesting conventional processes. The focus of this document is to describe and address recent objections to such processes so that subsequent LENR research can be guided to develop information that will determine whether either set of explanations has merit. It is hoped that criteria delineated herein will aid the USDOE and othermore » agencies in determining if LENR proposals are meritorious and worthy of support or not.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SRS
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1053584
Report Number(s):
SRNL-STI-2012-00678
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Fusion Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Fusion Science and Technology
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Shanahan, K. A REALISTIC EXAMINATION OF COLD FUSION CLAIMS 24 YEARS LATER. United States: N. p., 2012. Web.
Shanahan, K. A REALISTIC EXAMINATION OF COLD FUSION CLAIMS 24 YEARS LATER. United States.
Shanahan, K. Mon . "A REALISTIC EXAMINATION OF COLD FUSION CLAIMS 24 YEARS LATER". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1053584.
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title = {A REALISTIC EXAMINATION OF COLD FUSION CLAIMS 24 YEARS LATER},
author = {Shanahan, K.},
abstractNote = {On March 29, 1989, chemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced they had discovered an effect whose explanation was required to lie in the realm of nuclear reactions. Their claim, and those subsequent to it of roughly similar nature, became known as ‘cold fusion’. Research continues to this day on this effect, but what has become clear is that whatever it is, it is not a conventional fusion process. Thus the ‘cold fusion’ moniker is somewhat inappropriate and many current researchers in the field prefer the term “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)”, although other terms have been coined for it as well. the results developed out of the LENR research do in fact show something is happening to produce signals which might be interpreted as supporting nuclear reactions (which is what encourages and sustains LENR researchers), but which can also be interpreted via a set of unique and interesting conventional processes. The focus of this document is to describe and address recent objections to such processes so that subsequent LENR research can be guided to develop information that will determine whether either set of explanations has merit. It is hoped that criteria delineated herein will aid the USDOE and other agencies in determining if LENR proposals are meritorious and worthy of support or not.},
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journal = {Fusion Science and Technology},
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place = {United States},
year = {2012},
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