OK, so against my better judgement I went looking for some more stuff on that LENR topic. When “Cold Fusion” was first announced, I let my self get a bit excited about it, then got the “let down”. Now I’m much more careful to “be distant”… but then I ran into this article.
How much to value it? It cites folks by name at major places and OUGHT to be verifiable… It OUGHT to be valid, or there would be far more “stuff” trashing the topic flying about… Yet those prior burned fingers give me a touch of pause…
At any rate, the basic point is that these folks cite workers who analysed “Cold Fusion” electrodes and find a load of isotopic changes. That’s “big stuff”, IMHO. Yet, where’s the “hoopla” in the general press? Perhaps they, too, are jaded…
6. Isotopic Anomalies Reveal LENR Insights
By Steven B. Krivit
Few people in the LENR field seem to have recognized the three key insights revealed by the anomalous isotopic shifts observed in LENR experiments.
The first insight is that, short of radioactive isotopes, anomalous isotopic shifts provide the most convincing evidence of nuclear reactions in the LENR field.
The second insight is that they suggest the possible levels of energy involved in the reactions.
The third insight is that they suggest the likely or, alternatively, unlikely mechanisms that may be responsible for these reactions.
Evidence of LENR Nuclear Transmutation
For example, the first image below graphically represents the changes to the palladium isotopic ratios that took place as the result of a heavy-water LENR electrolysis experiment performed by researcher Tadahiko Mizuno in 1991. A variety of significant changes is evident. The second image below, from the same experiment, also shows a significant anomalous shift in the isotopes of chromium.
“Many elements were found and detected on the palladium surface and confirmed using several different analytical methods,” Mizuno wrote. “These are apparently reaction products: several elements ranging from hydrogen to lead with mass numbers up to 208.
“The isotopic abundance of selected elements detected after long-term electrolysis was found to be drastically different from the natural isotopic abundance. This phenomenon was confirmed eight times with good reproducibility. All sources of contamination have been carefully eliminated by repeated pretreatments of the sample and the electrolysis system.”
Like the Mizuno experiment, the University of Texas analysis shows a wide variety of transmutations. The researchers reported 4 times the amount of cobalt (Co), 5.4 times the amount of chromium (Cr), 2 times the amount of cesium (Cs), 1.3 times the amount of europium (Eu), 56 times the amount of iron (Fe) and 11 times the amount of zinc (Zn) that is found in the virgin material.
However, the nearly indisputable smoking gun is the anomalous isotopic ratio of palladium-108 to palladium-110. The EPRI report said, “Pd-108 was depleted in the active sample relative to the virgin material by an apparent 28% with the one sigma error limits extending from 7% to 49%.” New Energy Times knows of no conventional explanation for this shift.
There is a whole bunch more, including a cell using gaseous DOH so that electrolytic deposition could be eliminated and a lot more detail. Then this entry:
The table above, from Passell and Russ George’s 2000 paper, shows the following anomalies, in addition to the increase of zinc-64 over virgin palladium:7-15 times the zinc-64 by weight
6.6-14.4 times the zinc-64 isotope over the virgin palladium
8 times the iridium content by weight from sample A
0.4 times (decrease) the iridium content by weight from sample B
6 times the iridium content by weight from sample C
5.5 times the gold content by weight from sample A
0.1 times the gold content by weight from sample B
0.7 times the gold content by weight from sample C
24% increase in Pd-110/Pd-102 ratio over virgin palladium from sample A
6% increase in Pd-110/Pd-102 ratio over virgin palladium from sample B
21% increase in Pd-110/Pd-102 ratio over virgin palladium from sample C
So unless these folks screwed up horridly, something is going on that’s “odd” with hydrogen and deuterium when metals are exposed to it under electric fields.
Can it really be as simple as that hydrogen atoms sometimes (per quantum effects) can become “very small” and then do “unexpected things”…. Shades of “Everybody must get small…”…
At any rate, I’m trying very hard not to get sucked down that path again, yet I’m now wondering if my “skepticism” is now out of date… So if anyone knows of a way to validate that folks are finding a lot of abnormal isotopes in used electrodes, that would be very useful to see…
Somehow I have this odd feeling that my world is getting just a bit stranger than I’d expected…