The google LENR replication / investigation team identified 3 areas in which multiple LENR results had been reported, and then made best efforts attempts to replicate/investigate them.
Their best effort may be good or bad: that is a matter for discussion.
They are what LENR has asked for: a well funded group looking at LENR work trying to get enough evidence to drag it into the scientific mainstream.
This thread is for discussion of one of these areas: high fusion rate induced by (relatively low energy) plasma. Specifically, google looked at d-d fusion induced by bombarding a metallic target with d+ ions at low low voltages (1keV).
I'd hope the other two areas:
- D-Pd electrolysis
- Ni-H high temperature reaction (using LiAlH4 etc)
can properly be discussed, in a similar way, in other threads. The advantage of this specificity is it lets us look in detail at specifics (good or bad), without broad brush speculation as to motives, competence, etc.
I'd like this thread to discuss:
- Is this an experimental area of interest to those who want to understand LENR effects and mechanisms?
- Is this work a good way to investigate such effects and mechanisms? If not how should it be improved?
- What is the significance (scientific) of the results reported by google?
- What further results would you need to increase your confidence that this method was a possible proof of LENR (as broadly defined)?
- What further results would you need to increase your confidence that this method was a possible future commercial power source?
(summary of google project) https://www.nationalgeographic…entists-may-revive-quest/
(nature "overall progress report" article) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1256-6
Relevant refs from the progress report paper (I may have missed stuff, please add below and I will copy to this header, also I will add less paywalled links if people can find them).
The google progress report is a good summary of research in these various directions as well as the google work itself (look for recent refs).