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Abstract

According to recent experimental results, certain metals such as palladium or titanium, when filled with deuterium, produce heat and generate tritium and/or neutrons. This is ascribed to a cold nuclear fusion reaction. The measurements of the groups claiming positive results have been subjected to severe critical analysis. Sources of error in calorimetry results have been identified as calibration errors, temperature gradients, the contribution of evolving gases and hidden regions of recombination. In the neutron experiments, faulty electronics, cosmic radiation, electromagnetic and sound waves and natural radioactivity have been cited as generating spurious signals.

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Authors: DE MARCO F, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: RT/FUS/89/21 EN (1989) 8 pp.
Availability: Available from Servizio Studi e Documentazione, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, C.P.65-00044 Frascati, Roma (IT)
Record Number: 199011308 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en