Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cold Fusion developments presented at CERN Colloquium

Source: CERN
Date: 3/22/2012

1. (Video) Overview of LENT (Low Energy Nuclear Transmutations) Theory
Author(s)Srivastava, Yogendra (speaker) (University of Perugia Perugia Italy)
Corporate author(s)CERN. Geneva
Imprint2012-03-22. - Streaming video.
Series(CERN Colloquium)
(Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR))
Lecture noteon 2012-03-22T16:30:00
Subject categoryCERN Colloquium
Submitted byclaire.gibon@cern.ch

There is a really good simplified explanation of the Widom-Larsen theory described by Dr. Srivastava in his lecture at the New Energy Times website titled, 13. Widom-Larsen Theory Simplified.  If you are lost, that is the key article to read for an explanation.  Most scientists believe that the Coulomb barrier (the repulsive force between the nucleus of atoms which contain positively charged protons) is not possible to be overcome at low temperatures and pressures in order for fusion to take place (under normal conditions on the Earth for example).  Fusion of Hydrogen atoms is theorized to occur on the Sun, where the high temperature and pressure caused by gravity allow the Hydrogen nuclei to overcome the Coulomb barrier and combine to make Helium and a large amount of energy.

The Widom-Larsen theory proposes that "weak interactions" are responsible for what originally was described as cold "fusion" by Martin Fleishmann and Stanley Pons in 1989.  Rather than actual fusion taking place, what the WL theory proposes is that protons combine with electrons to form ULM "ultra-low momentum" neutrons and neutrinos (reverse beta decay) which are then absorbed by the nucleus of atoms.  Since the charge of a neutron is neutral, there is no Coulomb barrier to overcome.  It is proposed by WL theory that once the atom absorbs the ULM neutron, a new isotope of the original element is created which may actually be unstable.  The absorbed neutron in the now unstable isotope would then "beta decay" to create a proton and electron so that the atomic number of the original element's atom that absorbed the neutron is increased by 1, thus being transformed in to a new heavier element.  This entire process creates a lot of excess heat not explainable by a chemical reaction.  So on the surface it appears that fusing of elements has occurred when in fact it was neutron absorption and beta decay...

2. (Video) Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress in LENR
Author(s)Celani, Francesco (speaker)
Corporate author(s)CERN. Geneva
Imprint2012-03-22. - Streaming video.
Series(CERN Colloquium)
(Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR))
Lecture noteon 2012-03-22T17:00:00
Subject categoryCERN Colloquium
Submitted byclaire.gibon@cern.ch

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