Non-deadly cold fusion

1990/01/01 Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

Although initial retweets and echoes have been silenced, and the problem of cold fusion has disappeared from press pages, cold fusion research, contradictory results and debates have not ended.

On the one hand, the advertisers of the cold merger, Fleischmann and Pons, have achieved a sum of ten million dollars (about 1.1 billion pesetas) to continue investigating the cold merger. Those who have contributed money have been the state government of Utah ($4.5 million) and a dozen private industrial groups. It is not a slow amount of money if you consider that electrochemical equipment for cold melting is not very expensive


On the other hand, cold fusion can have great importance also in theoretical physics. According to astrophysicist Stephen Jones, the large emission of energy from the Jupiter hill may be due to the fusion of hydrogen atoms subjected to enormous pressures. Jupiter emits 1.7 times the energy it receives from the Sun. In the same case there would be Neptune.

Third, in Japan computer modeling of cold fusion has begun. The main objective is to achieve the most suitable conditions for a cold fusion by modifying different parameters.

Finally, physicists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Robert Beuhler, Gerhart Friedlander and Lewis Friedman of the USA have launched a new method of nuclear fusion at ambient temperature. Researchers like deuterio-atamo ioniza


create clouds of fire by passing the gaseous deuterium and heavy water through an electric arc.

When the atoms are charged they are given an acceleration of 200-325 keV and are made to collide with a titanium target deuterium. The device generates millions of collisions of atoms every minute, resulting in fusion reactions as indicated by the appearance of tritium.

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