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The origin of the excess heat developed during the electrolysis of heavy water in "cold fusion" cells is up to now open to question. The necessary presence of deuterium suggests that fusion reactions could be partially or totally responsible for the generation of excess heat. Experience has shown neutron emission to be sporadic and very weak. On the other hand, tritium is found in small but detectable amounts. Moreover, if tritium accumulates in the solution, it can be comfortably measured postmortem. Two experimental campaigns were performed. The first one in Frascati had as its main objective the detection of tritium excess, and particular care was taken to avoid any tritium and hydrogen contamination. The second one at the Texas A & M University, in the framework of a scientific collaboration, had as its objective the measurement of the excess of heat and tritium.

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Authors: BERTALOT L ET AL., ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);DE LOGU P ET AL., ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Casaccia, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 2nd Annual Conference on Cold Fusion, Como (IT), June 29 - July 4, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36456 ORA
Record Number: 199111544 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en