My guess is that LeClair's cavitation reactor produced radioactive byproducts
I am sure that Russ is aware of the possibility of a radioactivity sting..perhaps a few calculations on lethality might b good to have at hand.
Mosier-Boss's experience with a biased reviewer is salutary
Reviewer B: Authors should be glad they’re not dead
""The authors reported a“DTfusionﬂux of 1.25–2.5n/cm2/s”which leads to a fullbodydose of 2×107 secondary DT neutrons per hour. The ﬂux of the primary DD fusion will thus be many orders of magnitude above and beyond the lethal dose. A person spending one hour (in fact considerably less than one hour) in the vicinity of the apparatus will suffer severe radiation sickness and will die shortly afterward.
The author should be thankful for not discovering DT fusion and in any case there is no place for such a low quality research in the pages of …[this Journal]… or for that matter in any scientiﬁc publication that adheres to a minimum standard of quality.
Our response to Reviewer B:
No lethal neutron ﬂux reported
The Journal did not give us the opportunity to refute the comments made by reviewerB.Wewilltakethatopportunity now. Reviewer B erroneously states the DD fusion rate should be many orders of magnitude greater than the DT fusion rate. In fact, the fusion cross-section over a wide variety of ion energies is 100 times greater for DT fusion than DD fusion . The referee advocated the ‘dead graduate student’ argument ﬁrst publicized by John Huizenga the head of the 1989 ERAB panel charged with investigating cold fusion claims. In the submitted paper we measured the integrated DT neutron ﬂux as 1.25–2.5 n/cm2/s. The CR-39 detectors are 4 cm2 in area. So the total number of neutrons per hour, at most, is 3.6 × 104 and not 2 × 107, as the referee stated. It is not clear how the referee calculated over 500 times our reported value. An integrated neutron radiation dose of 6 Gy is considered lethal . This is equivalent to 6000 REM.b For neutrons with energies between 10 and 30 MeV, the integrated number of neutrons per square centimeter equivalent to a dose of 1 REM is 1.4 × 107 n/cm2 . For the entire Pd/D co-deposition experiment (typically two weeks), the total number of neutrons per square centimeter is 3.024×106 n/cm2. This is equivalent to a total dose of 0.216 REM, which is far below the lethal limit for neutron exposure. Even if we use the referee’s erroneous value of 2 × 107 n/cm2/hr, a neutron dose over a two-week period of 480 REM is still far below the lethal limit of 6000 REM.