, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp 1205–1216 | Cite as

Photo-disintegration of the iron nucleus in fractured magnetite rocks with magnetostriction

  • A. Widom
  • J. Swain
  • Y. N. Srivastava
Acoustic and Other Forms of Energy Emissions


There has been considerable interest in recent experiments on iron nuclear disintegrations observed when rocks containing such nuclei are crushed and fractured. The resulting nuclear transmutations are particularly strong for the case of magnetite rocks, i.e. loadstones. We argue that the fission of the iron nucleus is a consequence of photo-disintegration. The electro-strong coupling between electromagnetic fields and nuclear giant dipole resonances are central for producing observed nuclear reactions. The large electron energies produced during the fracture of piezomagnetic rocks are closely analogous to the previously discussed case of the fracture of piezoelectric rocks. In both cases electro-weak interactions can produce neutrons and neutrinos from energetic protons and electrons thus inducing nuclear transmutations. The electro-strong condensed matter coupling discussed herein represents new many body collective nuclear photo-disintegration effects.

Keywords 81.40.Np 03.75.Be 14.20.Dh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Physics Department & INFNUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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