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Searches for low-temperature nuclear fusion of deuterium in palladium

Lewis, N. S. and Barnes, C. A. and Heben, M. J. and Kumar, A. and Lunt, S. R. and McManis, G. E. and Miskelly, G. M. and Penner, R. M. and Sailor, M. J. and Santangelo, P. G. and Shreve, G. A. and Tufts, B. J. and Youngquist, M. G. and Kavanagh, R. W. and Kellogg, S. E. and Vogelaar, R. B. and Wang, T. R. and Kondrat, R. and New, R. (1989) Searches for low-temperature nuclear fusion of deuterium in palladium. Nature, 340 (6234). pp. 525-530. ISSN 0028-0836.

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A series of experiments has been performed to determine whether nuclear fusion processes occur in palladium rods that have been electrochemically charged with deuterium. With a variety of metallurgical pretreatment procedures and different electrolytes, no evidence has been obtained for any excess enthalpy, neutron, gamma ray, tritium or helium production during electrolysis of D_20 with palladium cathodes.

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Additional Information:© 1989 Nature Publishing Group. Received 23 May; accepted 14 July 1989. Preliminary reports of these results were presented in invited papers at the 1 May 1989 meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore and at the 8 May 1989 meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Los Angeles. We thank B. Miller and C. R. Martin for supplying some of the Pd samples used in this work. We also thank N. l-loffmann for obtaining a He analysis of the Pd rods, J. Campbell for use of the tritium scintillation counter, W. Johnson and H. Fecht for supplying the r.f. melted Pd, E.-H. Cirlin for use of the X-ray photoelectron spectrometer, J. Beckett for aid in recasting Pd rods and S. Koonin and R. E. Azuma for discussions. R. Petrasso and S. Luckhardt are acknowledged for several discussions and for a preprint of their analysis of the y-ray data. This work was supported in part by a discretionary grant from Caltech, by the Office of Naval Research, and by the NSF. This work is contribution 7959 from The Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
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