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Originally posted by Hantam
Most scientists laugh at these claims. "It's pathological science," says physicist Douglas Morrison, formerly employed by CERN in Geneva. "The results are impossible."
Originally posted by Intelearthling
It's my theory that cold-fusion will only work if the eletrons are stripped from their orbits and P-N-N is fired at a stationary P-N to aquire the fusing reaction at a "cold" temperature.
But you're talking about trillions upon trillions of nuclei to fuse to get any useful energy from these reactions.
Maybe one day nanotechnology will change all that.
EDIT: Had to add this. If it were possible for nanotechnology to force two nuclei together, the resulting energy would destroy the mechanism that created the reaction.
Thus, back to square one.
[edit on 24/5/05 by Intelearthling]
Originally posted by obsidian468
Quantum theory makes all of this possible - the only pitfalls being current technology.
As far as cold fusion, as I understand it, cold fusion takes place at absolute zero, when atoms have completely stopped moving, and with a subsequent collision and reheating, they release energy. The process described in the articles is something I have always heard termed as warm fusion - a reaction attained a room temperature. Hot fusion is the superheated variety of fusion that this lab in the UK is working on. Cold fusion is the least likely of all of these techniques, considering that we have never been able to actually achieve absolute zero (even open space is a few hundredths of a percent above absolute zero). Warm and hot fusion are both possible, though likelihoods of each are unknown. The reactions have been achieved to an extent, but never with the results intended. If the gentleman described in this article is actually on to something, I'd very much like to see his research data. I'm not a skeptic about the possibility of fusion, but given the years of attempts to harness this energy, I'm a little reserved, at best, as far as accepting it as truth.
Originally posted by lonemaverick
cold fusion takes place at 0 kelvin, which is about -473 celsius i believe, and is absolute zero.