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Title: Cold fusion catalyzed by muons and electrons

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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ON: DE91000487; TRN: 91-000117
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA)
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Country of Publication:
United States
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