Nuclear and Atomic Physics


Decay Modes of Excited 4he Below the Fragmentation Levels

Authors: A. Meulenberg, K P Sinha

Three reasons are given to dispute the claims of numerous experimenters that higher-than-expected heat and radiation are obtained from nuclear fusion of deuterium atoms at room temperature: 1) the inability of two low-energy protons or deuterons to penetrate the mutual Coulomb barrier; 2) the production of heat in excess of that possible for the measured particulate radiation, and 3) the high levels of 4He measured (much beyond that permitted by present nuclear physics models). The first has been addressed earlier. This paper discusses the second and how it leads to an understanding of a critical mechanism behind low-energy nuclear reactions.

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[v1] 10 Nov 2011

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