[ExI] Cold fusion paper

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sun May 26 16:06:00 UTC 2013

On 2013-05-26 13:03, Tomaz Kristan wrote:
> The only real question is, whether there is a combination of any 
> (non-radioactive) metal and hydrogen (or some other light stuff) which 
> yields to some significant nuclear reactions under "normal, room" 
> conditions?

Check out the physics on
http://fds.oup.com/www.oup.co.uk/pdf/0-19-856264-0.pdf and
This would apply to cold fusion too. You need to get up to tens of keV 
of energy to get any fusion reactions, compress stuff to 10^9 g/cm^3, or 
add muons. It looks like there are no ordinary elements that gives you 
nuclear reactions at normal temperatures or densities. Deuterium is the 
most fusable element you can get - a decent cross section, large energy 
gain, and reacts at low energies. Unfortunately the darn thing is pretty 
stable under room conditions.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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