NASA confirms neutron emission from Pd-D co deposition experiments, bringing LENR closer to mainstream acceptance.
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In a paper published January 19th, 2021 on the electronic version of the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Authored by a team of NASA researchers belonging to the "Lattice Confinement Fusion" project (seated at Glenn Space Research Center), is shown that an experiment, designed specifically to disambiguate the detection of neutron emissions from Pd-heavy water electrolytical cells, has been able to prove the emissions exist. This has been confirmed against a control treatment with Cu-D co deposition, which showed less neutron emissions, assumed to be equal to the background level.
The authors also observed that the intensity of the emissions seems to be related to the morphology of the Pd deposition in the gold electrodes used for the experiments.
Cumulative counts of neutrons for Experimental vs Control cells during the 20 days experiment.
This kind of emissions have been reported previously by other research groups and recorded in other kind of neutron detectors (typically CR-39 polymer). But the use of CR-39 as neutron detector has resulted in controversy, due to the proven sensitivity of this material to mechanical damage.
In the current work, bubble detectors were used, which are widespread accepted for the detection of neutrons.
Polymeric neutron detectors used in this new experimental research.
The statistical analysis proves that the experimental cells with Pd-D co deposition on the cathode emitted significant more neutrons than the control cells, and that this emission was increased from day 9 onwards of the 20 days experiment.
Visual summary of the research performed to publish the paper. In average, the experimental treatment generated 60% more neutrons than the control, which is assumed to be the background level.
Experimental cells used in the recently published research paper, conducted at NASA's Glenn Space Research Center.
The researchers did not focus on excess heat, as this has been proven to be hard to reproduce and measure as it occurs in bursts. However, in the highlights of the electronic version of the paper, the authors are emphatic that "Neutron activity cannot be explained by chemical reactions, only nuclear processes", thus confirming these neutrons are indicative of LENR in the experimental set up.
The authors, given their parallel work in Lattice Confinement Fusion and concurrent publications in this topic, conjecture that the denditric formations, observed in the more active neutron emitting cells, are key to generate the current density that in turn creates the opportunity for the electron screening process.
The electron screening is the phenomena observed and theorized in the Lattice Confinement Fusion papers (within Erbium and Titanium) that this group has already published in the second half of 2020, and that have raised considerable attention from media and general public.
Aspect of the Pd deposition in the most active neutron emitter (a), an average neutron emitter (b) and below average neutron emitter (c) cells, note the conspicuous dendrites in the most active cell.
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