Nuclear fusion from crack-generated particle acceleration
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In summary, the high-voltages necessary to accelerate deuterons to energies sufficient to produce modest numbers (104–105/sec) of d-d neutrons appears to be possible as a result of cracking or “fracture” of the metal lattice in the “cold” fusion experiments.
This mechanism requires neither “massive” electrons nor “exotic” nuclear reactions to explain the apparent “cold” fusion d-d neutron production results. Instead, it is possible that high voltage electrostatic fields, known to be associated with cracking, can reside across a crack gap long enough for the deuterons to be accelerated to sufficiently high energy to produce the d-d reactions. Interestingly, the electrostatic acceleration is quite similar to that of laboratory accelerators except for its submicron scale. Clearly, much work is still required to determine whether such a crack-generated acceleration mechanism, a “quasi-particle” mechanism, some combination of these, or some other, as yet unidentified mechanism is responsible for the nuclear effects seen in “cold” fusion experiments.
KeywordsHigh Voltage Nuclear Reaction Particle Acceleration Electrostatic Field Production Result
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