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Preliminary investigation of possible low-temperature fusion

Journal of Fusion Energy (Impact Factor: 1). 05/1990; 9(2):115-119. DOI: 10.1007/BF02627576

ABSTRACT Preliminary tests have been made with electrolytic cells utilizing 0.2N LiOD in D2O as the electrolyte and a palladium cathode surrounded by a wire-wound platinum anode operating at cathode current densities
of 100–400 mA/cm2. The cathodes were swaged to diameters of 2.8 or 5.5 mm with 8.5 cm of active length. The electrolyte temperature was controlled,
heat was removed by flowing water in a cooling jacket, and the cell was insulated. Cooling water and electrolyte temperatures
were measured by thermocouples, and neutron and gamma-ray spectra were recorded. The electrolyte level was periodically monitored
and replenished with D2O. Tests up to 2 weeks in duration were made with no sustained release of energy in excess of the electrical power input,
although there was one period of 12 h when an unaccountable heat excess was observed. In another test, an anomalous neutron
flux was measured during the first few hours that was 3.5 standard deviations above the background.

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