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Title: Cold fusion catalyzed by muons and electrons

Abstract

Two alternative methods have been suggested to produce fusion power at low temperature. The first, muon catalyzed fusion or MCF, uses muons to spontaneously catalyze fusion through the muon mesomolecule formation. Unfortunately, this method fails to generate enough fusion energy to supply the muons, by a factor of about ten. The physics of MCF is discussed, and a possible approach to increasing the number of MCF fusions generated by each muon is mentioned. The second method, which has become known as Cold Fusion,'' involves catalysis by electrons in electrolytic cells. The physics of this process, if it exists, is more mysterious than MCF. However, it now appears to be an artifact, the claims for its reality resting largely on experimental errors occurring in rather delicate experiments. However, a very low level of such fusion claimed by Jones may be real. Experiments in cold fusion will also be discussed.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE/ER
OSTI Identifier:
6507612
Report Number(s):
PPPL-2681
ON: DE91000487; TRN: 91-000117
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76CH03073
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; MUON-CATALYZED FUSION; EVALUATION; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS; ELECTROLYSIS; AMBIENT TEMPERATURE; LYSIS; NUCLEAR REACTIONS; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; SYNTHESIS; 700205* - Fusion Power Plant Technology- Fuel, Heating, & Injection Systems; 640303 - Atomic, Molecular & Chemical Physics- Positronium, Muonium, & Muonic & Mesic Atoms & Molecules

Citation Formats

Kulsrud, R.M.. Cold fusion catalyzed by muons and electrons. United States: N. p., 1990. Web. doi:10.2172/6507612.
Kulsrud, R.M.. Cold fusion catalyzed by muons and electrons. United States. doi:10.2172/6507612.
Kulsrud, R.M.. Mon . "Cold fusion catalyzed by muons and electrons". United States. doi:10.2172/6507612. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6507612.
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title = {Cold fusion catalyzed by muons and electrons},
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abstractNote = {Two alternative methods have been suggested to produce fusion power at low temperature. The first, muon catalyzed fusion or MCF, uses muons to spontaneously catalyze fusion through the muon mesomolecule formation. Unfortunately, this method fails to generate enough fusion energy to supply the muons, by a factor of about ten. The physics of MCF is discussed, and a possible approach to increasing the number of MCF fusions generated by each muon is mentioned. The second method, which has become known as Cold Fusion,'' involves catalysis by electrons in electrolytic cells. The physics of this process, if it exists, is more mysterious than MCF. However, it now appears to be an artifact, the claims for its reality resting largely on experimental errors occurring in rather delicate experiments. However, a very low level of such fusion claimed by Jones may be real. Experiments in cold fusion will also be discussed.},
doi = {10.2172/6507612},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Mon Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1990},
month = {Mon Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1990}
}

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