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An explanation of low energy nuclear reactions (cold fusion)
J. Condensed Matter Nuclear Science ^ | June 2012 | Edmund Storms

Posted on 06/17/2012 11:36:02 PM PDT by Kevmo

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An explanation of low energy nuclear reactions (cold fusion)
Edmund Storms
KivaLabs. Santa Fe, NM
A plausible nuclear-active-environment in which LENR occurs is identified by ruling out various
possibilities and by identifying an environment that is common to all successful methods. When this
environment is combined with a plausible mechanism, many testable predictions result. These insights and
proposals are offered to help clarify understanding of LENR and to suggest future studies. The common
environment in which LENR occurs is proposed to be cracks of a critical size, followed by a resonance
process that dissipates energy by X-ray emission based on a laser-like process. The LENR behavior has the
potential to test the Standard Model of nuclear interaction.

Twenty-three years have now passed since Fleischmann and Pons (F-P)
announced discovery of “cold fusion”, aka Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR)[1].

This phenomenon has two unique behaviors that have confounded explanation.

Significant energy along with several nuclear products is produced in what appears to be
ordinary materials under ambient conditions, where no nuclear reaction should be
possible. And, unlike conventional nuclear reactions, release of the resulting energy does
not cause emission of energetic radiation. When radiation is detected, it has relatively low
energy and intensity. Even the documented nuclear products of helium-4, tritium, and
various transmutation products are unexpected. To make the explanation even more
challenging, the latter two products have been detected when either deuterium or light
hydrogen is used. Application of extra energy from various sources and modest increases
in temperature increase the reaction rate but are not required to initiate the process. In
other words, the process does not act like conventional hot fusion.

The initial rejection of the claim has been shown to be unwarranted by hundreds
of replications.[2] These studies show consistent patterns of energy production and
various nuclear products being produced using four different methods. Many books
summarize the history of this discovery[3-9], and several websites1 provide up to date
information. Ignorance is no longer an excuse for rejecting the claims.

This paper proposes to identify the location of the reactions within a material,
how the process is expected to behave, and the general type of mechanism leading to the
fusion and transmutation reactions. The goal is to find a productive approach to uniting
and explaining all of the observations while resolving the apparent conflict with expected
behavior based on conventional understanding of nuclear interaction. Of course, not all
observations can be assumed correct. Nevertheless, enough well done studies are
available to make rational judgment possible. Besides the acknowledged uncertainty in
the behavior of LENR, flaws or gaps may also exist in conventional understanding of
nuclear interaction, in particular in how the Coulomb barrier can be reduced and the role
of the neutrino in the resulting reactions. As a result, demonstrating how LENR actually
behaves may advance understanding of nuclear physics.

Attempts have been made by various theoreticians to propose a mechanism to
explain how the Coulomb barrier can be reduced within the PdD lattice. These models
generally involve changing the energy or local concentration of electrons. Initiation of a
1 See: or
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nuclear reaction in ordinary materials by such processes is prevented by chemical effects,
as is shown later in the paper. Instead, the approach used here assumes a novel structure
must form in the material before LENR is possible. The mechanism that causes the
nuclear reactions occurs only within this structure, which is referred to as the “nuclear
active environment” (NAE). Once this environment forms and is populated by any of the
hydrogen isotopes, a fusion reaction follows. The challenge is to identify the NAE and
create as much of it as possible. Identification can be accomplished by searching for a
universal condition present during all successful production of LENR regardless of the
method used or chemical system. Once the NAE is identified, search for the mechanism
that produces LENR becomes easier. Many efforts to understand LENR have been
unsuccessful because they reversed this process, i.e. by searching for the mechanism first
within a single material, such as in PdD, while ignoring a unique NAE that would be
present in all active material regardless of its composition or the method used.

II.1 Nuclear Active Environment
The concept applies to an environment or location in which the mechanism
leading to the nuclear reactions must operate. Consequently, it must form before the
mechanism can start, the amount will limit the rate of energy production, and its nature
will determine the mechanism that operates within it. The NAE must also be chemically
independent of the normal chemical environment. Understanding and accepting these
requirements are basic to what follows. Justification for this approach is provided later in
the paper.

Identification of the NAE can start by finding a single condition that is present
during all successful LENR studies. Requiring consistency with what is known about
basic chemical behavior can set additional limits. These limits are created because
electrons and nuclei in a chemical structure are arranged in tightly controlled
relationships with respect to their energy and location relative to each other. Any change
in this relationship will change the chemical structure and be resisted because energy is
required to cause a change. This requirement cannot be avoided simply by using quantum
mechanical models. Further justification for this insight is provided later in the paper.

Chemical structures, even highly modified ones at high temperatures and
pressure, are known not to initiate spontaneous nuclear reactions based on experience
over geological time. In other words, the nuclear mechanism rarely occurs and requires a
very unique condition. The NAE is this unique condition. Its characteristics can be
further limited by requiring the NAE and the nuclear mechanism to work together in a
logical way. In other words, physics and chemistry have to work together to solve this
problem. LENR is proposed to involve three main events. NAE forms as the first event, the
second event involves hydrogen atoms entering the NAE, and finally these atoms interact
during the third event to cause a nuclear reaction. Each of these events can be described
as a separate and independent process, starting with formation of the NAE. Slow
formation of the NAE is proposed to cause the long delay typically experienced using the
electrolytic process of F-P. Only the most general aspects of these events are outlined
here, with more detail to follow in later papers.

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The general principles that apply to any NAE need to be understood before a
NAE can be proposed. First, the NAE must form. No matter how this happens or the final
configuration, the formation process is expected to follow conventional chemical
behavior and obey accepted laws governing such processes because it occurs in a
chemical environment. A reduction in Gibbs energy must occur and the process that
causes such reduction needs to be identified. Typical initiators of such changes involve a
change in composition, a change in temperature, or accumulation of stress. In addition,
the process of forming the NAE is probably endothermic. Obviously, a limit exists to
how much NAE can form. Without a limit, power production would increase until the
material is destroyed, which is not the case. A reason for this limit must be made part of a
proposed process.

The second process, which involves insertion of hydrogen into the NAE, must
also result in reduction of Gibbs Energy and the rate of insertion will be controlled by an
activation energy2. This approach allows behavior to be predicted by applying the Laws
of Thermodynamics to a collection of atoms rather than using quantum theory to describe
how individual atoms might behave. In other words, focus is on the general behavior, as
is typically used in chemistry, rather than on the quantum behavior of individual atoms,
as is favored by physics.

The third process, involving the actual nuclear reaction, is required to be
exothermic and to result in nuclear products known to occur. The details of this process
will be discussed later in the paper.

Let’s start by applying these basic requirements after the NAE has been created.

Three major variables are expected to determine the amount of generated power.

1. The number of sites where nuclear reactions can occur, i.e. concentration of NAE.

Obviously, the greater the number of active sites, the more power is produced.

2. The concentration of H or D in the NAE, which is related to the applied H2 or D2
pressure when gas is used or chemical activity when electrolysis is used. The
greater the concentration of hydrogen isotopes, the more power would be

3. The energy available at the NAE, which is normally provided by temperature.

Temperature is expected to have an exponential effect within a limited range,
typical of its effects on ordinary chemical reactions. This energy also can be
applied using lasers or other sources. The more power applied to the sites, the
greater the rate of fusion at each site and the more power is produced.

Different combinations of these variables affect each method differently. For example,
the electrolytic method suffers from relatively low temperatures while benefiting from a
high concentration of deuterium. In contrast, the gas loading method has low hydrogen
2 Conventional chemistry uses the relationship (k = A*e-ΔE/RT). This could be applied to LENR if “k”, is
related to power produced by the nuclear reaction, (T) is the temperature in the NAE, and (ΔE) is the
activation energy for forming the NAE or for making H+ (D+) available to the NAE. This assumes an
energy barrier exists in all processes that precede the nuclear reaction. If several kinds of nuclear reactions
occur at the same time, each could be described by independent equations having the same form, but
different activation energies. For example, failure to detect tritium while helium is produced would result
partly because the tritium producing reaction would have greater activation energy, hence a lower rate, for
the local conditions.

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concentration while being able to benefit from high temperatures. Both have unknown
and highly variable NAE concentrations. The best way to increase the amount of energy
would be to maximize all three variables. Consequently, LENR does not necessarily
require a high concentration of H or D to function, as is frequently assumed. The
conditions only need to combine to produce a rate that can be detected using available
instruments. In addition, the variables interact in complex ways. For example, increase in
temperature will lower the concentration of hydrogen, all else remaining constant,
causing power to decrease when the temperature exceeds a critical value. Destruction of
the NAE by too high a temperature or excessive local energy production can also reduce
the rate.

Once the NAE forms, the subsequent mechanism operating at the nuclear level
may be very unusual, but the researcher has no influence over this reaction. It occurs
spontaneously and automatically. Trying to influence the nuclear process directly would
be like lighting the fuse (creating the NAE) and then trying to influence the rate of the
resulting explosion. The amount of energy being created locally is simply too large to
control once the process starts.3 Consequently, knowing exactly how this mechanism
functions is not useful to making the LENR more intense or reliable. Nevertheless, this
understanding can help identify the NAE and the expected nuclear products, which is

How many kinds of NAE-mechanism combinations are expected? Are all the
observed nuclear products created by the same combination? These questions are difficult
to answer based on present experience because each method producing LENR involves a
different gross chemical environment. Nevertheless, a process so rare and unique would
be expected to involve only one or, at most, a very few different combinations. Hints
about the basic nature of the NAE and where it is located can be obtained from the
Fleischmann-Pons Effect, which shows:
1. Almost complete loss of helium to the gas; (Shows that helium is produced
within a few microns of the surface.[10])
2. Appearance of tritium in the electrolyte rather than in evolving gas; (Shows that
tritium is produced close enough to the surface to permit exchange with the arriving D+
ions. [11])
3. Transmutation products located only in the surface region; (Shows that some of
the reaction occurs at the surface.[12, 13])
4. Presence of melted regions on the surface; (Shows that the major energygenerating
reaction is concentrated at the surface.)
5. Ability to generate LENR using thin layers of palladium on an inert substrate.

(Shows that a large amount of material is not required.[14])
These behaviors point to the surface region as the place to look for the NAE when
electrolysis is used, not in the interior of the cathode. What chemical and physical
conditions are present in the surface of an electrolytic cathode? Many careful analyses of
such surfaces reveal a complex alloy containing lithium, platinum, oxygen, elements
provided by the Pyrex container, and impurities in the electrolyte, with sometimes no
3 Of course, denial of fuel will control the overall power, as described above.

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palladium present at all. This impurity layer appears to be necessary to maintain a high
concentration of deuterium[15] and perhaps to create the NAE as well. Measurements of
the surface composition place it above D/Pd=1.54,[17, 18] which is well above the
measured average composition.[17] Deuterium is continuously lost from this layer
through cracks, causing a steady but non-uniform flux of deuterons within the layer.[19]
Further complicating the interpretation, high-resolution SEM examination shows a
complicated morphology consisting of dendrites, cracks, well-formed crystal structures
with preferred orientation[20, 21], and a very uneven topology[21-25]. Deposition of
palladium using the so-called co-deposition process creates even greater complexity[26].

Just where in this tortured landscape the NAE is located is not known, although it must
have a very small size because all features on such a surface are very small. The observed
energy is expected to result from the sum of many active sites, with each site being
independent of the others. This kind of behavior can be seen clearly in the IR images
taken by Szpak et al.[27, 28] showing random flashes of light as a result of sudden local
heating-cooling cycles in random locations. Fogging of photographic film placed against
active material shows that tritium is also produced only in random locations very near the
surface. Mosier-Boss et al.[28] found this effect after electroplating Pd from D2O, and
Sankaranarayanan et al.[29] observed the same behavior by loading and deloading Ni
wire with H2. Other studies have produced tritium and detected it using autoradiography,
but we cannot be sure LENR is the sole cause when discharge voltages great enough to
cause some hot fusion[30, 31] are used. From these observations we can conclude that
the NAE has a very small size and it is not informally distributed within a complex
surface. Presumably, the observed melting can occur where concentration of NAE is
especially great. In summary, these observations show that the NAE exists only near the
surface, it is not pure PdD, and the measured D/Pd ratio is too large to result from beta-
PdD alone. Therefore, any model must be rejected when it is based on the NAE being in
the bulk of the sample and when it requires the presence of pure PdD having the
measured average composition.

Arata[32] and Case[33] focused attention on the importance of small particle size.

This idea was carried to extreme by attempting to place a few atoms of Pd in the small
atomic cage present in Zeolite,[34] but without obvious success. Arata[35, 36] proposed
creating nanoparticles of Pd by oxidizing an alloy of Pd+Zr. The dilute Pd-Zr alloy that
remains in the final matrix of ZrO2 appears to produce a small amount of LENR[37, 38],
but not enough to identify the small size of the metal particles as being the only important
condition. The material Case[33] used, which is a typical chemical catalyst consisting of
nanoparticles of Pd on charcoal, does not work unless special carbon is used and the
material is given special treatment. My many attempts to apply finely divided Pd to
various materials, including carbon, failed to produce predictable LENR. Obviously, the
size of the Pd particles is not the only important variable using this method. After all, any
attempt to form nanosized particles will usually create a wide range of sizes, some of
which will cause LENR and detectable energy if size were the only important condition.

While small size is beneficial, probably because of increased surface area, the total
experience shows this is not the only important condition.

4 The fcc lattice of PdD does not exceed D/Pd=1. Compositions in excess of this limit suggest formation of
a crystal structure (a new phase) that can accommodate the extra D[16], similar to formation of ZrH2
following ZrH in the Zr-H2 system.

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Simply causing deuterium to diffuse through palladium or other materials
apparently can initiate LENR reactions at a low level. Iwamura et al.[39] diffused
deuterium through alternate layers of calcium oxide (CaO) and Pd. The presence of CaO
was necessary for transmutation to occur on the surface where various elements were
deposited. The behavior during this study reveals an even more complex process because
the CaO layers were separated from the targets on the surface by 400Å of Pd. Did the
CaO create a special species that diffused through the Pd without reacting, only to cause
the deposited elements on the surface to transmute? Or did the mechanical and electronic
stress introduced by the CaO cause a NAE to form at the surface? In contrast, Liu et al.

[40] and Biberian and Armanet[41] were able to achieve LENR by simple diffusion of
D+ through pure Pd, again using a relatively low deuterium concentration. Possible
features these studies might have in common are described later.

II.2 Additional Requirements for Evaluating an Explanation
Behavior initiated by hot fusion needs to be identified and not used to explain
LENR. Because both hot fusion and LENR can occur in the same materials and
sometimes at the same time, the results of these two independent reactions need to be
separated. Crack formation is known to initiate nuclear reactions in material containing
deuterium. This process, called fractofusion,[42-45] creates brief high voltage in the
crack that can cause fusion by the hot fusion process with the expected energetic nuclear
products. Because neutrons result, they are frequently detected as brief pulses, which
must be carefully evaluated before they are attributed to LENR. Another example of
potential hot fusion is obtained when solid materials are bombarded by energetic
deuterons.[46-48] The resulting hot fusion-like reaction is sensitive to the electron
concentration in the material when applied energy is low. This is not an example of
LENR because the reaction products are very energetic and are the ones expected to
result from conventional hot fusion, not LENR. A clear separation between how LENR
and hot fusion are caused to happen must be maintained because entirely different
mechanisms are apparently operating.

Two very different assumptions have been applied to the process of creating a
theory. One approach assumes a spontaneous nuclear reaction can occur within a normal
lattice or on the surface of normal material simply because a proposed mechanism starts
to operate, usually because the deuterium concentration reaches a critical level. The other
approach, which is encouraged here, assumes a significant and observable change must
take place before LENR can occur and this results in a new environment in which the
nuclear reactions take place. This unique environment avoids conflicts with how common
materials are known to behave and is consistent with just how rare and localized the
behavior appears to be.5
Ordinary materials cannot be the location of LENR because of how chemical
systems are known to behave, which can be understood several different ways. Materials
5 As an aside, these two different approaches to finding an explanation reveal a basic difference in how
different branches of science look at Nature. People trained in physics focus on mechanisms while trained
chemists tend to focus on the environment and conditions. The phenomenon of LENR requires a marriage
between these two fields of science, which has not yet happened. Rejection of the observations has
generally resulted because a mechanism could not be imagined based on currently accepted “theory”.

Successful understanding will only happen after the conventional mechanisms are abandoned and a new
mechanism is applied to the correct kind of material.

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are made up atoms arranged in characteristic crystal structures, the form being
determined by the energy of electrons associated with the atoms and the thermal energy
experienced by the crystal. These energies cannot be altered without changing the
structure or, if increased enough, cause melting.6 The electrons do not shift spontaneously
from one energy level to another in any observable way in a stable chemical system
unless energy is applied from outside the structure or changed conditions make the
present structure unstable. When such a change takes place, it is always associated with a
reduction in Gibbs energy7. Consequently, any proposed spontaneous change that can
initiate a nuclear reaction must also show why the Gibbs energy would be reduced. In
addition, the atoms act as a collective so that when any change is made in one location,
this change is communicated to all parts of the crystal at well-understood rates. The Laws
of Thermodynamics describe this collective behavior. Metals such as palladium or nickel
and compounds such as PdD are all stable chemical systems under the conditions
normally used. Even if a spontaneous change were to take place because of unexpected
release of internal energy, the limited magnitude is known not to cause nuclear reactions.8
This understanding is so basic, it cannot be ignored without clearly stated and
demonstrated reasons. Indeed, the role of energy in materials is so important and well
understood that arguments based on quantum mechanics or any proposed increase in
energy must be consistent with this behavior.

A list of proposed requirements a theory must satisfy are summarized below.

1. LENR does not happen in pure beta-PdD, but requires formation of a unique
condition (NAE) before LENR can occur. Regardless of the condition, a high
deuterium or hydrogen concentration is not the only requirement.

2. The mechanism causing the nuclear interaction occurs only in the NAE and is
logically related to the nature of the NAE.

3. This NAE-mechanism combination must be consistent with what is known about
the behavior of materials, the Laws of Thermodynamics, and basic rules
governing nuclear interaction.

4. The NAE-mechanism combination must explain all observed products of LENR,
including results of fusion, transmutation, and the source of radiation.

5. The explanation must logically explain both how LENR is initiated and how the
resulting energy is dissipated without apparent radiation.

6 As an example of how a typical material would behave, palladium will melt if more than 0.17 eV is
applied to each palladium atom. This amount of local energy is not enough to cause a nuclear reaction.

Any energy accumulating process operating within a lattice of Pd atoms would cease once the local amount
had reached this level because melting would commence. As a result, energy would be absorbed from the
proposed energy-accumulating process and the region in which this mechanism operates would be

7 Gibbs energy is defined as being equal to the enthalpy change minus the entropy change times absolute
temperature: ΔG=ΔH-TΔS. The enthalpy is the measured energy given off or taken up by the reaction.

8 An exception is found in the fractofusion process. In this case, rapid separation between atoms, resulting
in a crack, creates a large voltage difference within the space that can ionize and accelerate any deuterons
present to energies sufficient to cause hot fusion. This event is normally detected as a burst of neutrons.

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II.3 Published Explanations
What basic requirements can be accepted so far? Although the answer is
incomplete, a few can be provisionally accepted and used to evaluate suggested
mechanisms. Hopefully, this process will make the requirements easier to understand.

Hundreds of attempts have been made to explain the LENR effect, yet no theory
has successfully shown how the effect can be made more reproducible and robust, and no
theory has gained acceptance outside of a select group. Nevertheless, a few examples of
published explanations will be discussed below to give an understanding of the
approaches being explored and their limitations in view of the proposed requirements
listed above. Rather than describe each theory, the general principles are applied to a few
models to show how similar ideas might be evaluated.

II.3.1 Role of metal atom vacancies
Hagelstein and Chaudhary[49] propose vacancies in the palladium sub-lattice
where Pd atoms are missing is the location of the NAE. This approach is based on three
assumptions: (1) that a sufficient number of metal atom vacancies are present in PdD,
(2)that more than two deuterons can enter such a site in a PdD lattice, and (3)that once
there, the deuterons can fuse to form helium. Failure of any one of the three assumptions
would invalidate the model. We start by examining each assumption separately. Flanagan
et al.[50] report that metal atom vacancies introduced by cold-working palladium were
removed by heating between 473K and 573K, which would eliminate such vacancies at
temperatures known to produce LENR. If metal atom vacancies are present in large
concentrations in PdD, the upper phase boundary is expected to exceed D/Pd = 1.

McKubre and Tanzella[51] determined this boundary at room temperature using the
behavior of resistively. They found a break in slope between resistively and D/Pd to
occur very close to a value of 1, indicating formation of a two-phase region at higher
compositions; not a continuation of the beta phase. Norlander et al.[52] conclude, based
on calculations, as many 6 D can occupy a Pd vacancy. But, even at this number, they
conclude the deuterons are not close enough to fuse. The more atoms needed to be
assembled in one place for a reaction to occur, the lower would be the probability of this
happening. Therefore, the reaction rate would be small and the rate would be very
sensitive to the applied D2 pressure. The observations do not show a large pressure effect,
but this variable needs to be studied more carefully. If fusion were to occur, another set of
assumptions have to be used to explain absence of radiation. Consequently, violation of
requirements #1, #4 and #5 (listed above) do not encourage use of this approach as an

II.3.2 Role of neutrons
Obviously, if neutrons were involved in the nuclear mechanism, the Coulomb
barrier would not be an issue. Therefore, several people have proposed a source of
potentially reactive neutrons. These neutrons are thought to be initially present in the
material as stable clusters[53] or as stable polyneutrons[54], which are released from this
stable condition by some mechanism. No direct evidence exists for trapped neutrons,
neither as clusters nor as polyneutrons, being present or released in ordinary material.

Indeed, if enough neutrons were present to support the large reaction rates being
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occasionally observed, their presence would be obvious from their effect on the density
of such repositories, which has not been found. Also, just how neutrons or polyneutrons
would remain in the palladium or any material after chemical purification requires use of
implausible assumptions. Although a few observations are consistent with a rare and lowlevel
nuclear process being caused by what might be polyneutrons,[55] the explanation
does not identify the NAE and violates requirements #4 and #5.

On the other hand, neutrons have been proposed to form[56-61] by fusion of an
electron with a proton or deuteron, which requires about 0.76 MeV to be present at the
time and place of the reaction. Because this explanation of LENR has gotten wide
attention, it needs to be fully understood. The idea is flawed because it assumes enough
energy to form a neutron can be concentrated in a chemical environment at one location.

Energy is a real and basic quantity that is not observed to accumulate spontaneously
beyond well-understood limits.9 If such large energy were to concentrate in an electron or
the target nucleus, it would have to be harvested from an environment in which the
average energy is much less than 0.1 eV. Consequently, packets of energy would have to
spontaneously seek out and add to individual electrons in which the accumulating energy
must be stored. How is this storage accomplished? The electron is a fundamental particle
that cannot store energy. If it could, its rest mass would not be constant and, at the very
least, the TV would not work. Perhaps energy can be stored by another process. Particles
are known to store energy as increased mass if enough energy is added to accelerate them
to near the speed of light. Traveling at this speed in a lattice with many electrons and
nuclei in the way would seem implausible10. So, we are asked to imagine an electron
being able to pass through a collection of atoms at near the speed of light while
accumulating energy from the surrounding energy fields without losing this energy
before a hydrogen nucleus is encountered. Calling this a weak interaction, introducing the
concept of plasmons, or proposing a super-heavy electron provides no justification for or
insight about how the process might actually work. Unless this process can be shown to
actually occur, rather than assumed to be possible, formation of a neutron is not a
plausible explanation for LENR. Indeed, when electrons are given the required energy
and used to bombard a material containing p or d, very few, if any, neutrons are
detected.[62] In addition, if so much energy could be concentrated in an electron,
observed chemical effects would be expected long before the electron could make a
neutron. For example, no explosive would be stable once this process started.

Furthermore, if neutrons were present from any source, radiation from their own normal
beta decay and gamma resulting from their interaction with various nuclei would be
expected, but is not detected. In addition, the various nuclear products cannot be
explained only by neutron interaction because this reaction produces a new isotope, not a
new element. Subsequent radioactive decay is required to produce the observed elements,
which is not observed. Consequently, even though this mechanism has gained some
9 Such an abnormal energy distribution conflicts with the well-known Boltzmann distribution and the
Second Law of Thermodynamics
10 Electrons of this energy have a very small range in palladium because their energy is lost to the
surrounding material by generating X-rays.[271] This means the mysterious transfer of energy must take
place at an impossibly fast rate and a proton must be found within a small fraction of a micron after this
energy has been acquired, all without generating X-rays that are not observed.

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attention, it is not consistent with how LENR behaves or with conventional science. This
explanation does not identify the NAE and violates #3, #4, and #5.

On the other hand, many people have speculated about what would happen if the
electron could get sufficiently close to the nucleus to form what they call a “virtual
neutron”. In this way, the electron might provide enough shielding for the proton or
deuteron to enter a nucleus without the impossible task of creating a real neutron.

Mills[63] provides a theoretical basis for allowing the electron to closely approach the
nucleus, with the formation of the so-called Hydrino. Dufour et al.[64, 65] proposed a
structure called a Hydrex where many electrons and photons cluster together in a stable
collection that might lower the Coulomb barrier. The formation of Rydberg or BEC
structures could be viewed as variations on this approach. Such variations on a pseudo
neutron-like structure seem worth exploring. The kind of NAE-mechanism combinations
required for such structures to form and be involved in LENR has not been identified, but
will be explored below. Nevertheless, the explanation violates #4 and #5.

II.3.3 Role of phonons
A phonon is a pseudo-particle used to describe how energy is transferred between
or interacts with atoms or electrons in condensed matter. The model is used to describe
how heat energy moves through a material as vibrations of atoms and electrons located
within a material. When the concept is applied to LENR, these vibrations are proposed to
cause a few atoms to approach one another within nuclear reaction (strong force)
distance[66-69] or to cause energy to accumulate within a nucleus[70] so that the nucleus
becomes unstable. In the process, a basic assumption is made – the vibration energy is
focused on one nucleus and does not affect the general chemical bonds between the
surrounding atoms in PdD. This assumption is in basic conflict with how phonons are
observed to behave and the requirement that energy always moves “down hill”. Indeed,
phonons are proposed to provide this “down hill” transfer of energy once a nuclear
reaction occurs as the released energy is communicated to the surrounding atoms. Use of
this concept must show a plausible reason why phonons can produce an “up hill” transfer
of energy without causing chemical changes, followed by the expected “down hill”
transfer after the nuclear reaction is initiated. As a result, the explanation violates all of
the proposed requirements.

II.3.4 Role of particle-wave conversion
The Chubbs[71] proposed that a deuteron can convert to a wave under proper
conditions. As such, it can interact with another deuteron wave without a Coulomb
barrier being directly involved. This interaction briefly forms a helium wave, which
slowly converts to a helium particle by losing small quanta of energy to the surrounding
lattice. This model solves a few problems, but it does not account for how transmutation
products are produced or what unique property of the lattice encourages particle-wave
conversion. Simply having a periodic array of atoms, as they propose, is not sufficient
because this a universal condition existing in all materials, while nuclear reactions are
rare and localized in special regions. Although this general approach could be applied to
a special NAE, as is described below, the concept violates all of the proposed
requirements as it is described by the authors.

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II.3.5 Role of “Strange” particles
Explanations based on rare particles have been proposed. These include the
Erzion[72] the NATTOH[73], fractionally charged particle[74], massive negative
particle[75], electron cluster[76], and super-heavy nucleus[54]. While some of these
particles obviously exist in Nature, how each might cause the full range of behaviors
produced by LENR at the observed rates has not been explained. Remember, generation
of 1 watt of power by helium formation requires 1012 helium atoms be made per second.

This would seem to be too heavy a burden for an explanation based on strange particles
to carry.

II.3.6 Role of tunneling or enhanced cross-section
The process called “tunneling” is used when a reaction appears to require an
abnormally small amount of energy compared to an expected amount. Of course, this
idea assumes the full (expected) amount is known accurately for the conditions being
used. Instead of using the tunneling metaphor, an unexpectedly large rate is sometimes
described as resulting from an increase in cross-section. In either case, the expected
energy or cross-section needs to be justified, not just why less energy is apparently
required. For example, expected behavior for LENR under various conditions is based on
a model obtained using the hot fusion process. The rate of the hot fusion-type reaction is
measured as a function of applied energy, from which the expected barrier height is
calculated. Application of this barrier height to LENR would only be valid if LENR were
caused by the same mechanism, which is very unlikely to be the case. In addition,
requirements #2, #3, #4 and #5 are violated. Nevertheless, early theoreticians including
Preparata[77] used this incomplete description and this approach was favored by
Fleischmann.[78] Many other people also have proposed the same idea.[79-84]
A source of screening electrons has been suggested to exist between two materials
having different work functions, the so-called swimming electron theory[85-87]. These
electrons are proposed to reduce the Coulomb barrier and explain the transmutation
observations reported by Miley[88, 89]. Unfortunately, this theory ignores how the
required number of protons can enter the available nuclei in the sample without
producing radioactive isotopes, which are seldom detected. Miley et al.[90] try to avoid
this problem by creating another problem. Their mechanism involves formation of a
super-nucleus of 306X126 from a large cluster of H and D. This structure then experiences
various fission reactions. The cluster is proposed to form as local islands of ultra dense
hydrogen[91] using Rydberg-like process[92]. Why so many deuterons would
spontaneously form a cluster in a lattice in apparent violation of the Laws of
Thermodynamics has not been explained. Why #5 is not violated is not explained.

II.3.7 Role of multi-body fusion and Bose-Einstein Condensates
Multi-body fusion was first suggested by Takahashi et al.[93] who arrived at this
model using the energy spectrum of the few neutrons being emitted from an electrolytic
cell while anomalous energy was detected. A later study using energetic D+
bombardment of PdD is consistent with the neutron spectrum obtained using
electrolysis[94], which suggest the neutrons might have actually resulted from a hot
fusion-type reaction, as would be expected to result from the ion bombardment method.

On the other hand, Iwamura et al.[95] show evidence for up to six deuterons entering a
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nucleus simultaneously when no extra energy is present, adding additional support to a
multi-body model. Formation of such clusters[96] solves many problems, not the least of
which is a method to release momentum after fusion without emitting a gamma ray. In
this case, the resulting nuclear energy is distributed between a few alpha particles and
many un-reacted deuterons in the cluster. However, unless the clusters were improbably
large, energetic emissions would be detected,[97] which has not been the case.

Requirements #4 and #5 are apparently violated.

Kim[98, 99] justified cluster formation by calling it a Bose-Einstein Condensate
(BEC)[100, 101], which would be the NAE. He proposes this type of structure is able to
form on the surface of very small particles of PdD. Typically, BEC is only observed near
absolute zero because the bonding energy is too small for the structure to survive higher
temperatures. Formation of a BEC at the temperatures used to initiate LENR would be an
amazing event even without LENR being a consequence. Nevertheless, Kim proposes
special conditions exist in a lattice to stabilize a BEC. Even if BEC could initiate fusion,
explaining how the resulting energy is dissipation into the lattice without detected
radiation requires many assumptions, resulting in violation of #5.

II.3.8 Theory of Rossi and Piantelli
Piantelli et al.,[102-112] in a series of papers, has described how energy,
radiation, and transmutation result when Ni-Cr and Ni tubes are exposed to H2 after
extensive pretreatment. The process is proposed to involve clusters of nickel on the
surface that interact with H- ions dissolved in the metal to cause conversion of nickel to
copper when the metal is heated above 350° C. The authors suggest a mechanism for this

Rossi [113] increased the amount of power over that obtained by Piantelli et al.

by using specially treated nickel powder and proposed the same source of energy.

Furthermore, Rossi[114] believes that positrons result from decay of the resulting
radioactive copper isotopes and these generate annihilation radiation of 511 keV that is
absorbed in a lead shield, thereby heating the apparatus. No evidence supports this
implausible claim. Instead, Piantelli reports detecting gamma emission at 744 keV, which
is not consistent with the energy from positron annihilation.

The descriptions of the process offered by Piantelli or Rossi cannot be considered
a theory. The proposed process is not consistent with what is observed nor is it plausible
based on the listed requirements. Transmutation cannot be a source of significant energy
even if the significant Coulomb barrier could be overcome. Once a Ni nuclei has been
transmuted, energy production can only continue at that site if another H or D is added to
the fixed target. Such a process will eventually produce radioactive isotopes, yet these are
not found. Furthermore, the amount of energy released by each transmutation reaction is
small, requiring a large reaction rate to account for the measured energy11 as well as
many active sites. Explaining how so many sites can form in ordinary material is a
challenge not met so far. Nevertheless, both workers apparently have been successful in
creating enough NAE sites to make significant energy using ordinary hydrogen.

11 The reaction Ni62+p = Cu63 produces 5.6 MeV/event. For 1 kW of power to be generated, this reaction
must occur at 1015 times/sec or produce 8 mg/day of copper. This would result in 15 g of copper after 6
months while producing 10 kW, which would represent a significant and impossible fraction of nickel
powder being transmuted during the proposed lifetime of the e-Cat.

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II.4 The Process of Finding an Explanation for LENR
In the previous sections, the requirements a theory must satisfy, the behaviors in
need of explanation, and the flaws in a few explanations are discussed. The challenge
now is to propose a model consistent with these requirements and behaviors.

The general features of a plausible NAE will be used to start the search. The goal
is to eliminate most environments by applying these requirements and focus on the few
that remain. Environments surviving this process can then be tested against proposed
mechanisms to determine which combination is consistent with the most observations.

The intent is to use as few assumptions as possible.

Four different kinds of NAE have been proposed by various authors.

(1) A normal arrangement of atoms and electrons that create a crystal structure, socalled
bulk atoms, including vacancies in the nonmetal and metal sublattices.

Cubic PdD, either pure or impure, is an example of such an environment. This
violates requirement #1.

(2) A novel arrangement of atoms not normally present. The BEC structure, Rydberg
matter[115, 116], nanostructures[117-119], diamondoid or Zeolite molecules[120,
121], cracks,[122-124] or carbon nanotubes[125] are variations of this condition.

In addition, the NAE might also be where Hydrinos[126] can form because the
required catalyst is uniquely present. No requirements are violated if several
plausible assumptions are used.

(3) An interface between two different structures having different energy or electron
concentrations. Examples are two different crystal structures in contact at a
surface. This includes contact between two different phases, including contact
between a gas and a solid or contact between a liquid and a solid. This condition
violates requirement #3 and perhaps #4 and #5 unless assumptions are applied.

(4) Absence of material, such as cracks, gaps, or voids within structures.[123, 127-
129] Carbon nanotubes or stress cracks in solids would be plausible examples.

The dimensions and shape of such a structure would determine its behavior. This
condition violates no requirement as explained below.

Involvement of particles having nanosized dimensions has been proposed but this
is not considered to be a unique environment in this discussion. Such nanoparticles, at
least at the size being used for LENR, differ from ordinary material only because they
have a high surface area, which would create a large interface and place them in category
(3). If the size is really small (submicron), they no longer act like ordinary material and
would fall in category (2). Because of rapid sintering, nanoparticles do not remain in a
material for long once the temperature in increased much above 150° C.

The condition #4 holds the greatest promise as the NAE. Most metals form cracks
of various sizes when they react with hydrogen as stress is generated by increase in lattice
size and is then relieved. The number of cracks has a limit determined by the treatment
and material, thereby creating a natural limit to the amount of NAE. A crack or void has
the potential to act as the site for a resonance process without being limited by the nature
of a chemical lattice. Therefore, cracks having suitable shape and dimensions are
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proposed as the location of LENR. These would be rarely produced, have limited
concentration, and could be formed in all materials. At the present time, success in
producing LENR relies on accidental and random formation of these structures, which
would account for why replication is a challenge.

Having identified a plausible NAE, what mechanism causes the nuclear reaction?
For a search to be successful, it must follow a series of perhaps ambiguous clues in the
correct logical order. The first clue in this search involves tritium and how it can form.

Because it apparently forms in the same region of the material as does helium and no
detectable radiation typical of hot fusion is produced, tritium and helium can be assumed
to result from the same general mechanism and NAE. Absence of neutrons rules out
direct D+D fusion, as would result from the hot fusion process. What other reaction
might be the source? Tritium seems to be produced when both H and D[130] are present,
but simple fusion would give He3, as first proposed in 1990 by Schwinger[131]. This
reaction can be ruled out because the amount of detected He3 is only consistent with that
expected to result from decay of tritium, which means tritium is formed before He3.

Tritium could form if an electron is absorbed into the fusion reaction and is later ejected
by normal beta decay. Let’s see if this process has a plausible general application.

If electron absorption is universal regardless of the isotopes involved, then the
reactions listed in Table 1 can be predicted. In every case, except for tritium and
deuterium, ejection of the electron from the product nucleus could be too rapid to detect
as a half-life. In addition, like tritium, the energy of this beta could be too low to allow
easy detection. In fact, were it not for the slow rate of tritium decay, this proposed
addition of an electron could not be observed and might be ignored because it violates
expected behavior. By accepting this clue, a general pattern for the fusion reaction can be
suggested. In addition, a mechanism can be proposed that would not only add this
electron by a plausible process during the fusion reaction, but explain how the resulting
energy is dissipated. But first, the conflict with expected behavior needs to be addressed.

Predicted nuclear reactions involving isotopes of hydrogen
d+d+e=H4=He4+e Q=<23.8 MeV
d+p+e=T=He3+e (18.6keV) Q=<4.9 MeV (t=tritium=H3)
p+p+e=d Q=1.4 MeV
d+t+e=H5= He4+n+e Q=<18.1 MeV
p+t+e=H4=He4+e Q=<20.4 MeV
Role of the neutrino is ignored when calculating Q.

Conflict with conventional understanding involves the role of the neutrino.

Addition of an electron to a nucleus causes ejection of an electron-neutrino. Ejection of
an electron as beta decay requires ejection of an antineutrino, which carries much of the
energy that never appears as heat. If this interpretation were correct, the reactions listed
in Table 1 would not produce the calculated energy and probably would not occur at all.

However, unlike “normal” nuclear reactions, the LENR process proposed here takes
place gradually, with most of the energy being released from the fusion process before
the electron is absorbed by the final nucleus, thereby releasing a neutrino. Consequently,
the amount of energy available to the neutrino might be very small. Nevertheless, the
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LENR process provides a test of how neutrinos are generated and emitted. In other
words, LENR might provide a test of the Standard Model, similar to the studies being
done at Caltech using a different nuclear reaction.12 In addition, decay of H4 is expected
to produce tritium and a neutron[132], not He4, if conventional beliefs are correct. The
question is, “Does the proposed H4 made by LENR decay as expected or does it decay by
beta decay?”
Before going to the next clue, let’s see if the proposed process helps explain any
observed behavior, assuming the reactions occur as summarized in Table 1. First, the
presence of a few neutrons when tritium is produced now makes sense. As tritium
accumulates, t+d+e fusion can occur, resulting in the very small but variable flux of
neutrons with a n/T ratio less than 10-6. Support for this reaction is given by Mosier-Boss
et al.[133] using CR-39 detectors in which neutrons having the energy expected from d+t
fusion were found in small numbers. Unfortunately, the tritium content was not
measured. Second, the expected energy from each reaction (Q) can be used to explain
other behavior.13 Note that energy from the p+p+e fusion reaction is much smaller than
from the d+d+e reaction. Consequently, the former reaction would require many more
NAE sites to achieve the same amount of detected power compared to when deuterium is
used, thereby energy from the d+d+e reaction easier to detect. Consequently, failure to
detect heat when hydrogen is used as a null test means only that too little NAE was
present to make detectable energy from the weak p+p+e reaction. In fact, the claims for
extra power made by Fleischmann and Pons during their null tests using H2O can be
understood to mean enough NAE was present on a few occasions to actually produce
detectable heat. Consequently, light water would apparently act as a poison simply by
reducing the amount of power compared to when D2O is used, not by stopping LENR
altogether. Third, the weak beta emission could produce the occasionally reported lowlevel
Bremsstrahlung from cells containing D2O[134].

What kind of mechanism and NAE would be consistent with observed behavior?
The hot fusion process, as well as muon fusion, rely the nuclei getting close enough to
engage the strong force. The resulting sudden release of energy naturally causes emission
of energetic particles, which are not produced by LENR. Therefore, a different
mechanism must be operating. To avoid detectable emission, the energy released by the
nuclear reaction could involve many emitted atoms, with each carrying a small fraction of
the energy. This idea, which has been suggested by other authors, requires a large
collection of atoms (>10,000), all of which have the ability to take their required fraction
of the total during a very fast process. Consequently, this method does not seem
plausible, as previously concluded.

This paper proposes a resonance takes place in a string of hydrogen nuclei with
each separated by an electron. As this resonance takes place, coherent photons (X-Rays)
12 See:
13 The effect of neutrino formation when an electron is added or ejected is ignored. Nevertheless, this
would reduce the amount of measured energy by some unknown amount because energy added to the
neutrino would not be converted to measured heat. The behavior of tritium decay can be used to estimate
the fraction carried by the neutrino when the neutron decomposes. The energy expected is 529 keV, based
on mass change, while the beta is measured to have 18.6 keV. This means only 3.5% of the expected
energy can be recovered from the final decay process because the remainder is carried away by the
neutrino. However, most of the detected energy results from initial formation of the final nucleus, not from
its subsequent decay. As a result, the values listed in Table 1 are, in most cases, upper limits.

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are emitted, similar to what takes place in a laser. In this case, the energy does not come
from outside sources, but from gradual conversion of the hydrogen nuclei into another
element, with the intervening electron being absorbed into the final nucleus. As a result,
mass is converted to energy as the two nuclei get closer together. Obviously, the
relationship between the nuclei and the intervening electron is not conventional. This
unconventional relationship is forced on the system by the walls of the crack in which the
process occurs. A future paper by Brian Scanlan will explore this process in detail.

Other models might also describe the process. Sinha and Meulenberg[135]
proposed a structure, called a Lochon, that might describe the unique relationship
between the electron and the hydrogen nucleus. Kim and Ward[136] propose a resonance
process between deuterons in a BEC when it forms on the surface of a nanoparticle of
PdD, a process that might also function in a crack or nanotube. Chubb[137] uses the
metaphor of particle to wave conversion, with the deuteron waves gradually converting to
a helium wave as energy is lost from the wave structure. Clearly, the process is opened
to several interpretations at this stage.

What evidence can be offered to suggest cracks are actually present? First, can
cracks form in the materials being used? PdD is well known to form cracks[138, 139].

Titanium, another successful metal, cracks readily when it reacts with hydrogen. When
this metal is used as the cathode during electrolysis of D2O, extra energy and
transmutation are reported[140-144]. In addition, neutrons[145-147] are emitted when it
is temperature cycled in D2, further indicating active crack formation, but not necessarily
producing LENR. Nickel does not form cracks easily when exposed to hydrogen, but
thermal or pressure cycling in hydrogen[102, 103] is expected to produce some cracks in
the surface. The oxides that produce LENR by electromigration[148-150] all have the
Perovskite crystal structure. This structure is susceptible to distortions as a result of small
changes in component atom concentrations that could cause local cracks. The slight flow
of hydrogen caused by applied voltage would move hydrogen atoms to these locations
and help accelerate the LENR process. Layers of palladium applied to various materials,
as used by Patterson[151] and later by Miley[92, 152], are observed to crack when
reacted with hydrogen. Layers containing possible cracks have also been applied to wires
by Celani et al.[153]. In this case, a current flow through the wire is found to enhance the
process, perhaps by making deuterons more readily available to cracks. Sonofusion[154]
would be expected to cause cracks at the site of bubble collapse on a target metal. In
addition, to cracks formed as a result of stress, all materials are known to contain
imperfections unless efforts are made to remove them. While a large number of active
cracks would produce obvious power, the small number in ordinary material might result
in detectable amounts of unexpected LENR if enough deuterium ions were available and
careful measurements were made. Nanotubes are expected to be more difficult to make,
but might be present and occasionally active.

Other behaviors consistent with cracks being the NAE are observed on occasion,
adding support to the idea. For example, placement of X-ray sensitive film near an active
electrolytic cell has shown X-radiation having a very narrow beam width.[155, 156] Gas
discharge has also produced similarly tightly focused X-rays that act like a laser.[157,
158] Such behavior requires emission only in favored directions, which requires a beam
defining structure. As an example from conventional experience, small structures similar
to cracks have been observed to produce laser emission.[159] Failure to detect radiation
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could result when most X-radiation is completely absorbed, or because most beams are
pointed away from the detectors. A diffuse source could be produced when many cracks
were pointed in random directions. Consequently, laser-like radiation would be rare and
only observed when detectors are in the right place or the sources are all pointed in the
same direction, which apparently has occasionally happened.

The study by Iwamura et al.[160] provides an opportunity to test the role of
cracks in explaining transmutation. As explained previously, these workers deposited
CaO+Pd layers on palladium, which was over-coated by 40 nm of palladium, after which
various elements were applied to the surface. When deuterium diffused through this
sandwich, the deposited nuclei were transmuted by addition of deuterons. Amazingly,
only the deposited nuclei experienced transmutation, not the much larger concentration of
palladium also present on the surface. In addition, the CaO layer was found to be
essential for the process to work. This behavior can be explained if stress-cracks formed
in the thin palladium layer between the CaO and the surface where the target element was
deposited. The deposited material filled the mouths of the cracks, thereby sealing them
and creating a cavity in which deuterons could accumulate and resonate. This resonance
process is proposed to release energy and cause deuterons to enter those nuclei located at
the end of the cavity, i.e. the deposited target. Only nuclei present at this exact location
can be transmuted according to this model. Patterson[151] provided further support when
he produced many cracks in layers of Pd and Ni applied to plastic beads. Many
transmuted elements were found in these layers by Miley.[152, 161] Obviously, the
thickness of the crack would be important because at some width, the normal hydrogen
molecule is known to form, which is not able to fuse. The difficulty in causing LENR is
proposed be related to formation of a closed crack of exactly the right dimension, after
which enough D or H ions might be present to fuel a fusion reaction. Naturally, these
requirements would be very sensitive to conditions and treatment, thereby accounting for
the difficulty in replicating the transmutation results.

The claim for nuclear reactions being possible in bacteria and other single-cell
organisms is a challenge for any explanation.[162] Obviously, the chemical conditions
are greatly different from these within inorganic crystals and the mechanisms applied to
such crystal structures would not be expected to apply to a living cell. On the other hand,
existence of voids created by complex protein molecules can be imagined to form in
which the proposed resonance might take place provided hydrogen ions are available to
the void. While this assumption has no evidence as yet, the suggestion can be tested.

No single observation provides a smoking gun. Nevertheless, a total analysis of
all observations and patterns leads to one plausible conclusion – cracks or nanotubes of a
particular size and shape are the only NAE that does not conflict with the known
behavior of materials, allows a plausible mechanism to operate, and leads to testable
predictions, many of which are consistent with behavior already observed. The puzzle
still lacks a clear description of the mechanism operating within the crack. Once a
mechanism is found to apply, later mathematical analysis can be used to further support
the model and generate other predictions.

II.5 Testable Predictions
The model suggests the following testable predictions as a guide to future studies.

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1. X-ray radiation is produced at a wavelength determined partly by the mass of
the nuclei in the crack and it is emitted in opposite directions among the axis
of the crack. The process is proposed to have laser-like behavior. Some of
this radiation would appear to result from Bremsstrahlung.

2. Rate of tritium production is sensitive to the H/D ratio in the NAE.

3. Rate of neutron production is sensitive to the D/T ratio in the NAE.

4. Energy production from normal hydrogen results first in production of
deuterium and then tritium, followed by a small but increasing neutron flux.

5. Diffusion of H or D through a material containing suitable NAE causes
detectable LENR because H or D would become available at the NAE.

Increased applied pressure of D2 or H2 has the same effect.

6. Laser light increases the rate of LENR as energy is added to the resonance
process. Increased temperature would have the same effect, but would not be
as localized and would have a counter effect by lowering the available
concentration of H or D.

7. Transmutation is occasionally experienced by nuclei located at the ends of
active cracks or nanotubes.

8. The rate of LENR using deuterium gradually decreases as active NAE sites
became choked by immobile helium. This lifetime limiting process is less
important when H is used because D and T can move out of the NAE or enter
into subsequent fusion reactions without choking the site. Nevertheless, the
growing concentration of D will increase the activation energy for resonance,
thereby reducing its rate, and producing trapped helium.

9. No difference exists between the conditions required to cause fusion involving
pure D or pure H. However, many more NAE sites are required to obtain a
detectable amount of energy when H is used compared to D.

10. A mixture of D and H in a NAE makes LENR more difficult to start
(increased activation energy) because the mixture, consisting of different
masses, disrupts resonance. Apparent “poisoning” of the reaction is the result.

Adding laser energy at the location of the crack can reduce the effect of this

11. A material producing significant power will self-heat and reach a stable
temperature determined by how effectively hydrogen can reach the NAE at
that temperature. The greater the amount of NAE, the higher this temperature
limit will be.

12. Any metal or alloy able to catalyze decomposition of the hydrogen molecule
into ions will support LENR once the NAE forms.

A model is described that summarizes all reported observations by using only a
few assumptions. The LENR process is proposed not to take place in a lattice structure.

Instead, a novel and rare structure must form in which the process occurs. This structure
is common to all LENR reactions regardless of the reactants, nuclear products, or method
used. The general structure is called the Nuclear Active Environment (NAE) and is
proposed to take the form of a crack or gap that forms by stress relief in conventional

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Fusion reactions involving isotopes of hydrogen are proposed to occur in the same
NAE. Deuterium is made by p+p+e fusion, tritium by d+p+e fusion, and helium by
d+d+e fusion followed by beta emission, with the relative rates being determined by the
relative concentrations of the hydrogen isotopes in the NAE. Occasional neutrons can
result from the t+d+e fusion reaction when tritium is produced. The number of active
sites in a material, the temperature and/or applied energy, and the concentration of
hydrogen isotopes determine the rate of each reaction. Energy is released to the
surrounding environment by a resonance process between the hydrogen nuclei and the
intervening electrons as many X-ray photons are emitted in a laser-like beam in opposite
directions along the axis of the crack. Conditions required to create this resonance are
forced on the hydrogen-electron combination by the structure in which they are located.

This structure, consisting of cracks or nanotubes, must have a critically small size in the
submicron range.

This model is based on observed behavior, not on the physical or mathematical
models favored by modern science. While some of the proposed consequences of this
behavior might conflict with what conventional science believes is possible, the paper
identifies the important evidence required to resolve this conflict. If correct, the model
places limits on the kind of mechanism causing the nuclear process, explains why
energetic particles are not detected, and shows why such reactions are not “impossible”
as conventional science believes. Analysis using mathematical tools will follow if the
suggested model is found to be correct.

The model proposed in this paper has an immediate application to understanding
the claims made by Rossi. He claims significant energy is made in a device he calls an ECat
by conversion of nickel to copper. As discussed in the paper, this source of energy is
not plausible. On the other hand, the other potential source based on the proposed
p+e+p=d reaction would appear not to qualify as a source of useful energy because of
energy loss to neutrino emission, as the Standard Model requires. Consequently, a
careful study of the energy-producing reaction involving light hydrogen is important not
only to understanding LENR but also to understanding the Standard Model.

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1 posted on 06/17/2012 11:36:15 PM PDT by Kevmo
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To: dangerdoc; citizen; Liberty1970; Red Badger; Wonder Warthog; PA Engineer; glock rocks; free_life; ..

The Cold Fusion Ping List

2 posted on 06/17/2012 11:37:39 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Kevmo

Not news at all. Still waiting to see all those working units that have been promised

3 posted on 06/17/2012 11:45:52 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster; Kevmo

Dear Mr Edison,

The supposed invention of a “light bulb” has been tried for nearly 50 years. It is obvious to all serious scientists that your fantasy of making such nonsense practical is absurd. You keep promising that if we just give you more time, you will soon have working lights for all. Even if this could possibly be achieved, how would you get electricity to all? No sir, we are convinced this “light bulb” talk of yours is impractical and outright poor science at best, and at worst an obvious scam.


The spirit of future posters of FR

PS: I should have you know that your persistent ramblings are having a profoundly negative effect upon others as well, namely those inane lunatic Wright brothers who claim to be inventing a box that can fly in the air all by itself. Sir, for all that is sacred to science, stop at once before you do any more harm!

4 posted on 06/18/2012 12:12:37 AM PDT by Waywardson (If you fear Obama..... vote for Romney. If you fear God... DON'T !)
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To: Kevmo

Having made a quick perusal of the list of references and found none that mention my name, I’ll postpone reading this until tomorrow...{:-)

5 posted on 06/18/2012 12:16:31 AM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Nifster; Kevmo

If the theory can explain why it’s so hard to get a working unit, and the apparent bimodal distribution of performance (i.e. works well or not at all) it would help.

6 posted on 06/18/2012 12:17:28 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Kevmo

Excellent article, thanks. The development of a theoretical, testable framework to determine the operant variables in a LENR reproducibility environment is obviously crucial. Once this can be clearly established, all sorts of lab and commercial variations can take advantage of it, to see which ones are optimal for which conditions and uses.

7 posted on 06/18/2012 12:17:44 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Kevmo

The Cold Fusion cult males the Global Warming cult look honest.

8 posted on 06/18/2012 12:31:19 AM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Waywardson

And the proof of the concept was in the invention. Tesla had working lights based on AC as well as Edisons’s incandescent vacuum bulb. The point is that they succeeded AND showed their wares.

When all the LENR folks who keep promising working units ( and they have missed more than one dead line) then we will have wonderful discussions. Until then it is just so much ink on paper.

9 posted on 06/18/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: HiTech RedNeck

No kidding ....nothing like a lack of predictability to keep a theory from catching on

10 posted on 06/18/2012 12:40:47 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Waywardson
no! No, wayward one Solar Panels are the key. </sarcasm>
11 posted on 06/18/2012 12:45:48 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: All; y'all; et al
Here’s my theory.
On either side of a crack in the substrate material, you’ve got electrons moving at different speeds, creating a microscopically small differential capacitor. The vibrations push the differential charge “upward”, which is to say from the smallest separation of the crack to the largest. When the charge differential gets to a certain point, a spark is generated. This spark is what creates the Nuclear Active Environment. But it is not due to plasma physics, it is due to a force generated by a spark that goes across the anode & cathode of a capacitor. In the below Quantum Potential article, a propulsive force was found that matches these conditions (except that we’re seeing it on a microscopic level).

An earlier SBIR study commissioned by the Air Force reported a propulsive force caused by a spark between ACT electrodes [3]. The study [3] also focused on ACT thrust in high vacuum (10−5 to 10−7 Torr) and reports small (on the order of 10 nN) thrust in vacuum under pulsed DC voltage conditions. Furthermore, the study [3] reports observation of thrust when a piezoelectric dielectric material such as lead titanate or lead zirconate (high relative dielectric constants of k = 1750) was used between the ACT electrodes. The thrust was apparently produced by slow pulsing spark-­‐initiated breakdown of the dielectric. The magnitude of the propulsive force increases with the intensity of sparking across the dielectric. The study [3] recommended further exploration of sparking across dielectrics as a source of propulsive forces in ACTs. Unfortunately, no such follow-­‐up study was conducted.
I believe this Asymmetric Capacitor force has been previously described as the Poynting Vector. I think it is enhanced by the advent of a spark across the electrodes. But I might be mistaken.
During a charging process of a flat capacitor, the Poynting vector ( S=ExH ) comes from outside the capacitor towards the wire connections, parallel to the surface of the armatures inside the dielectric medium. There is an energy flow directly proportional to ExB. This energy is not provided by the wires but comes from the surrounding space around the capacitor. ( ref: "The Feynman Lectures on Physics : Electromagnetism vol2, Chap: 27-5, fig 27-3" by Addison-Wesley Publishing company. )

So, this Poynting Asymmetrical Capacitor Vector generates a unidirectional force. Any protons within its path would be propelled into a nearby Hydrogen atom which is trapped inside a Palladium matrix. This force is enough to overcome the Coulomb Barrier.

A couple of guesses:
There would have to be hundreds of thousands of these sparks every second, constantly spitting matter or protons or electrons in one direction similar to a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) particle accelerator, where only 1 in 100k particles actually collides with a nucleus of a hydrogen atom and fuses.
This force is proportional to the distance between electrodes, so the effect would happen closer to the small vertex of the crack rather than the large ends of the crack.
The transfer of energy of fused atoms is mostly heat because the
collision is unidirectional, and the gamma rays that are emitted only come out
in certain geometrical probabilities, and most of those probabilities are
directly in line with host atoms on the palladium (or nickel) matrix. I look
at it similar to a pellet gun hitting balloons -- most of the time the air
escapes the balloon in almost the same regions each time. These reactions only
occur one atom at a time, so the geometrically restricted release of gamma rays
is similarly restricted. The released energy is absorbed by the matrix one
atom-release at a time.

12 posted on 06/18/2012 1:11:27 AM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Waywardson
13 posted on 06/18/2012 2:22:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Kevmo

The electron shells are still around the nucleus, unless its ionized, right?

So how do you get 2 nuclei to fuse when those protective electron shells are still in the way??

That’s my problem with low-temp nuclear “fusion”.

14 posted on 06/18/2012 10:25:02 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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Submitted to J. Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, June 2012

Edmund Storms is an editor of the J. Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, which is just a website for the cold fusion mutual admiration society. No doubt his paper will be accepted.

15 posted on 06/18/2012 2:23:46 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Nifster
Not news at all. Still waiting to see all those working units that have been promised

The original con artists, Fleischmann and Pons, got financial backing from Toyota back in the 1990's. They still failed just like everybody else.

16 posted on 06/18/2012 2:28:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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George Miley is another editor of the J. Condensed Matter Nuclear Science website. He was exposed for making an exaggerated claim here.
17 posted on 06/18/2012 2:31:52 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: canuck_conservative
The electron shells are still around the nucleus, unless its ionized, right? So how do you get 2 nuclei to fuse when those protective electron shells are still in the way?? That’s my problem with low-temp nuclear “fusion”.

The problem is actually proton to proton repulsion and is known as the Coulomb barrier. Here's the cold fusion solution.

18 posted on 06/18/2012 2:41:16 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
Ah yes the old Large (money) Acquisition Schemes (for) Expensive Research.....we used to laugh every time someone would throw money at our next crazy idea.
19 posted on 06/18/2012 3:15:01 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: canuck_conservative

Maybe those electron shells are blown aside by the constant ionic wind created by the hundred thousand misses for every hit.

20 posted on 06/18/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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