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Deuteron-deuteron fusions were claimed by a Brookhaven group to result from the impact on deuterated surfaces of clusters of 25 - 1350 D(2)O molecules with energy up to 300 keV. The collective motion in the impact region is tentatively assumed to be responsible for these fusion events. The number of atoms involved is of the order of 1.0E4, with a mean energy of some electronvolts. The model is able to reproduce qualitatively the Brookhaven data according to an Arrhenius plot, with an activation energy roughly twice the hydrogen ionisation energy. At this energy it is postulated that an activated precursor is synthesised; it can tentatively be identified as the binuclear atom [D(+) - D(+)]2e(-).

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Authors: CEROFOLINI G F, EniChem, San Donato Milanese (IT);DIERCKX R, JRC Ispra (IT);FOGLIO PARA A, Politecnico di Milano (IT);OTTAVIANI G, Università di Modena (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 2nd Annual Conference on Cold Fusion, Como (IT), July 29, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36331 ORA
Record Number: 199210475 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en