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Bench Top Cold Fusion Reported at UCLA Makes Worldwide Splash

MILESTONE: The prestigious Nature journal today has published a report of table top cold fusion at UCLA.  An Associate Press story is receiving widespread coverage by mainstream news organizations.

Related Story:
Bench Top Sonofusion at Purdue and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - IEEE reports apparatus that produces nuclear fusion inside tiny vapor bubbles may one day give us cheap, clean, and virtually limitless energy. (PESN; April 28)

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

LOS ANGELES - After having been sidelined and snickered at for sixteen years, cold fusion today achieved a tremendous comeback milestone.

Will Cold Fusion once again become vogue?  With an energy crunch driving up prices, and a world clamoring for solutions, this long-maligned field could be ready to go mainstream once again.

We offer our warmest congratulations to the team at UCLA.  Way to go.

We present the following resources for your perusal.


UCLA

UCLA Website

Nature Links

Room-Temperature, Small-Scale Fusion at UCLA

The story

Observation of nuclear fusion driven by a pyroelectric crystal
(Subscription required)
B. Naranjo, J.K. Gimzewski and S. Putterman
Nature 434, 1115-1117 (28 April 2005)
doi: 10.1038/nature03575

Tabletop fusion has been a touchy subject since Stanley Pons and Martin
Fleischmann said in 1989 that they had achieved 'cold fusion' at room
temperature. ...

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Physicists look to crystal device for future of fusion p1057

Mark Peplow

doi: 10.1038/4341057a

Abstract | Full Text | PDF

 

Observation of nuclear fusion driven by a pyroelectric crystal pp1115 - 1117

B. Naranjo, J.K. Gimzewski & S. Putterman

doi: 10.1038/nature03575

Abstract | Full Text | PDF

 

Technology: Warm fusion pp1077 - 1080

Michael J. Saltmarsh

doi: 10.1038/4341077a

Abstract | Full Text | PDF

 

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Crystal creates table-top fusion
It won't solve our energy crisis, but could help treat cancer.
27 April 2005

Supplemental Information

http://www.nature.com/.../nature03575.html

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Supplementary Methods

Neutron detection methods including energy scale calibration, pulse shape discrimination, and Monte Carlo efficiency calculation.
Download PDF file (545KB)

Supplementary Video S1

This movie is a real-time presentation of the crystal fusion raw data shown in Figure 2 including raw PMT traces of valid neutron hits.
Download Movie (KB)

Supplementary Video S2

This movie shows the phosphor screen image (25.4 mm diameter) of an ion beam produced upon heating a pyroelectric crystal. Deuterium gas pressure was set to 0.2 Pa. The phosphor intensity, as measured by a CCD camera, is proportional to beam current density. In the central frame, the phosphor intensity is displayed topographically.
Download Movie (KB)

Supplementary Figure S1

This figure shows the phosphor screen image (25.4 mm diameter) of an ion beam produced upon heating a pyroelectric crystal. The four frames were taken from Supplementary Movie 2. They were separately normalized and gamma corrected to enhance detail. Note the copper mesh's shadow and the FIM image of the tungsten tip.
Download jpg (64KB)

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Slashdot Summary: What UCLA Accomplished

Room-Temperature, Small-Scale Fusion at UCLA

Posted Wednesday April 27, 2005, @16:31
http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=05/04/27/1930218

gnuman99 writes: "A UCLA collaboration (Seth Putterman, Brian Naranjo and Jim Gimzewski) appear to have developed a fusion device powered by a [0]pyroelectric crystal, a type of crystal used in cell phones to filter signals. When heated, such a crystal produces a large electric charge on its surface. The UCLA researchers placed a lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) pyroelectric crystal so that one side touches a copper disc. A tiny tungsten probe is then placed at the center of the copper disc. When the crystal is subsequently heated, a very large large electric field is produced at the end of the tugsten tip, ~25 billion volts per meter. This field gradient is so high that it strips the electrons from nearby deuterium atoms. The ionized deuterium atoms then accelerated by this field towards a solid target of erbium deuteride (ErD2). They collide with it at such high energies that some fuse with the target. A measurement of almost 900 neutrons per second was observed. This is 400 times the background! Although the amount of energy produced in this initial experiment was miniscule (~1E-8 jules), this technology could be used for things like microthrusters."

Discuss this story at:
http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=05/04/27/1930218

Links:
    0. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyroelectricity
    1. http://rodan.physics.ucla.edu/pyrofusion/
    2. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7654627/

 

Associated Press Story

Published by hundreds of news services worldwide.

Posted on Wed, Apr. 27, 2005

UCLA researchers produce nuclear fusion




Associated Press

A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion - long seen as a possible clean energy solution - under lab conditions, scientists reported.

But the amount of energy produced was too little to be seen as a breakthrough in solving the world's energy needs.

For years, scientists have sought to harness controllable nuclear fusion, the same power that lights the sun and stars. This latest experiment relied on a tiny crystal to generate a strong electric field. While falling short as a way to produce energy, the method could have potential uses in the oil-drilling industry and homeland security, said Seth Putterman, one of the physicists who did the experiment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The experiment's results appear in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Previous claims of tabletop fusion have been met with skepticism and even derision by physicists. In 1989, Dr. B. Stanley Pons of the University of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room temperature. Their work was discredited after repeated attempts to reproduce it failed.

Fusion experts noted that the UCLA experiment was credible because, unlike the 1989 work, it didn't violate basic principles of physics.

"This doesn't have any controversy in it because they're using a tried and true method," said David Ruzic, professor of nuclear and plasma engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "There's no mystery in terms of the physics."

Fusion power has been touted as the ultimate energy source and a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels like coal and oil. Fossil fuels are expected to run short in about 50 years.

In fusion, light atoms are joined in a high-temperature process that frees large amounts of energy.

It is considered environment-friendly because it produces virtually no air pollution and does not pose the safety and long-term radioactive waste concerns associated with modern nuclear power plants, where heavy uranium atoms are split to create energy in a process known as fission.

In the UCLA experiment, scientists placed a tiny crystal that can generate a strong electric field into a vacuum chamber filled with deuterium gas, a form of hydrogen capable of fusion. Then the researchers activated the crystal by heating it.

The resulting electric field created a beam of charged deuterium atoms that struck a nearby target, which was embedded with yet more deuterium. When some of the deuterium atoms in the beam collided with their counterparts in the target, they fused.

The reaction gave off an isotope of helium along with subatomic particles known as neutrons, a characteristic of fusion. The experiment did not, however, produce more energy than the amount put in - an achievement that would be a huge breakthrough.

Commercial neutron generators work in a similar way. But the UCLA instrument was "remarkably low-tech" in comparison, Michael Saltmarsh, a retired physicist from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, wrote in an accompanying article.

UCLA's Putterman said future experiments will focus on refining the technique for potential commercial uses, including designing portable neutron generators that could be used for oil well drilling or scanning luggage and cargo at airports.


Worldwide Coverage Overview as of April 26, 2005, 11:45 pm MDT

A sampling, according to Google News

Gee-whiz nuclear-fusion gadget surprises scientists with its ...
USA Today - 2 hours ago
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY. A handheld device can generate tiny nuclear-fusion reactions at room temperatures, UCLA researchers reported Thursday. ...
UCLA experiment creates 'low-tech' nuclear fusion
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN - 3 hours ago
Scientists are reporting that they have produced nuclear fusion -- the same process that lights the sun and the stars -- in a footlong cylinder just 5 inches ...
Scientists put the Sun in our pockets
Telegraph.co.uk, UK - 5 hours ago
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor. A pocket-sized device which can harness fusion, the energy source of the Sun, with the help of ...
UCLA researchers produce nuclear fusion
Kansas City Star, MO - 11 hours ago
LOS ANGELES - A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion - long seen as a possible clean energy solution - under lab conditions, scientists reported. ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
ABC News - 11 hours ago
By ALICIA CHANG. LOS ANGELES Apr 27, 2005 — A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion long seen as a possible clean energy solution ...
Nuclear fusion on the desktop ... really!
MSNBC - 12 hours ago
Scientists say they have achieved small-scale nuclear fusion in a tabletop experiment, using tried and true techniques that are expected to generate far less ...
UCLA researchers produce nuclear fusion in lab experiment
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - 15 hours ago
By Alicia Chang. LOS ANGELES – In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists reported ...
Study: Nuclear fusion created in lab at UCLA
Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY - 36 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES -- A tabletop experiment, under lab conditions at the University of California, Los Angeles, created nuclear fusion, scientists claim in today's ...
Scientists say they've created nuclear fusion in lab
WIS, SC - 4 hours ago
(Los Angeles, California-AP) April 27, 2005 - Scientists at UCLA say they've created nuclear fusion in their lab. But the amount ...
UCLA Scientists Create Nuclear Fusion In Lab
All Headline News - 7 hours ago
LOS ANGELES, CA (AHN) - Scientists at UCLA say they've successfully created tabletop nuclear fusion in their lab. In fusion, atoms ...
Tabletop nuclear fusion reached by UCLA scientists
DV Hardware, Netherlands - 6 hours ago
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have achieved a small-scale nuclear fusion in a tabletop experiment. ...
Crystal creates table-top fusion
Nature.com (subscription), UK - 11 hours ago
At first, it sounds like the biggest science story of the century: scientists have invented a desktop fusion machine. If nuclear ...
Palmtop Nuclear Fusion Device Invented
LiveScience.com, NY - 12 hours ago
The nuclear reaction that powers the Sun has been reproduced in a pocket-sized device, scientists announced today. Researchers have ...
Nuclear fusion 'on the way'
Age (subscription), Australia - 15 hours ago
By Deborah Smith. A pocket-size device that produces a nuclear fusion reaction - the process that powers the stars - could be used ...
Scientists Claim Nuclear Fusion in Tabletop Test
Washington Post, DC - 34 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES -- In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists reported they achieved it in a tabletop experiment that ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 7 hours ago
By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer. A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion — long seen as a possible clean energy solution ...
Study: UCLA researchers create nuclear fusion in lab experiment
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - 8 hours ago
By Alicia Chang. LOS ANGELES – A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion – long seen as a possible clean energy solution – under ...
Study: Nuclear fusion created in lab
CNN - 11 hours ago
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists reported they achieved it in an ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
Newsday, NY - 12 hours ago
By ALICIA CHANG. LOS ANGELES -- In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists reported they ...
Power on a tabletop
Globe and Mail, Canada - 12 hours ago
Los Angeles — In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists reported that they achieved it in a tabletop experiment ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
ABC News - 12 hours ago
By ALICIA CHANG. LOS ANGELES Apr 27, 2005 — In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
Los Angeles Times (subscription), CA - 12 hours ago
By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer. LOS ANGELES — In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists ...
UCLA scientists claim breakthrough in fusion
Quad City Times, IA - 50 minutes ago
By Associated Press. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion — long seen as a possible clean energy solution ...
Scientists create nuclear fusion in lab
SouthCoastToday.com, MA - 1 hour ago
By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press writer. LOS ANGELES -- A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion -- long seen as a possible ...
Researchers Create Nuclear Fusion in Lab Experiment
Top Tech News, CA - 1 hour ago
For years, scientists have sought to harness controllable nuclear fusion, the same power that lights the sun and stars. This latest ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
CRM Buyer - 5 hours ago
In the UCLA experiment, scientists placed a tiny crystal that can generate a strong electric field into a vacuum chamber filled with deuterium gas, a form of ...
Researchers Make Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough
Top Tech News, CA - 10 hours ago
Fusion power has been touted as the ultimate energy source and a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels like coal and oil. Fossil fuels ...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
Tuscaloosa News (subscription), AL - 12 hours ago
By ALICIA CHANG. In the latest attempt to create nuclear fusion under laboratory conditions, scientists reported they achieved it ...

 

Scientists Claim Nuclear Fusion in Tabletop Test
Washington Post, DC - 20 minutes ago
... Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world in 1989 when they announced they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
Study: Nuclear fusion created in lab at UCLA
Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY - 22 minutes ago
... of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
Scientists report nuke fusion
Washington Times, DC - 36 minutes ago
... of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
UCLA scientists claim breakthrough in fusion
Quad City Times, IA - 36 minutes ago
... of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
UCLA researchers create nuclear fusion in lab experiment
North County Times, CA - 36 minutes ago
... of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
Scientists create nuclear fusion in lab
SouthCoastToday.com, MA - 1 hour ago
... of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
Researchers Create Nuclear Fusion in Lab Experiment
Top Tech News, CA - 1 hour ago
... of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
N-fusion test fails to create high energy, scientists say
Winston-Salem Journal, NC - 1 hour ago
... University of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world when they said they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...
Researchers produce nuclear fusion in lab
Uniontown Herald Standard, PA - 1 hour ago
... and Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University in England shocked the world in 1989 when they announced that they had achieved so-called cold fusion at room ...

More

  • Fusion Experiment Close, No Cigar - the amount of energy produced was too little to be seen as a breakthrough in solving the world's energy needs. (Wired; April 27, 2005)

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It's a Great Day

From: Adrianakau{at}aol.com
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 2:50 PM
Subject: Article on Cold Fusion at UCLA


Dear Sterling,

I think that the Cold Fusion success at UCLA warmed the hearts of all who have spent so much time and effort in this work. It is regrettable that Eugene Mallove is not here today to appreciate this latest proof. I sincerely hope now that this area will be made a priority concern with our government and that adequate funding will be provided for research.

Best regards,

Adrian Akau

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Laced with PC Verbiage

From: "William Alek" <alekws{at}intalek.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 7:19 PM
Subject: Fusion seen in table-top experiment


http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/9/4/15/1#0405151

"... The device could have applications as a portable neutron generator or
in the propulsion systems for miniature spacecraft, but will not be useful
as an energy source because it consumes more energy than it produces. ..."

We want this "perfectly" understood that "it consumes more energy than it
produces". We want that "perfectly" understood.

Observe they didn't use "cold fusion" language either. Room temperature
would be "acceptable".

Correct me if I'm wrong, but public funding is ONLY allowed to examine the
particulates given off and the pursuit of unique experimental methods and
procedures anyway. The search for excess energy is NOT allowed. So, the
statement regarding "more energy than it produces" is erroneous and
superficial.

Tax dollars and thought control at work...

Bill

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