Helium production during the electrolysis of D2O in cold fusion experiments

Chemistry Division, Research Department, Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, CA 93555 USA
ChemInform 01/1991; 304:271-278. DOI: 10.1016/0022-0728(91)85510-V

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