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If you put hydrogen in a tube with palladium filament suspended inside after
a few days the filament glows red hot and after a while goes white hot and
makes a very good lamp.
If I recall, I did this experiment at a government lab, somewhere in England
in about 1969. I was severely punished for my invention and put on routine
They said my invention was "strategic" and I should say nothing for thirty
This metal has the uncommon ability to absorb up to 900 times its own volume of hydrogen at room temperatures. It is thought that this possibly forms palladium hydride (PdH2) but it is not yet clear if this is a true chemical compound.
When palladium has absorbed large amounts of hydrogen, it can swell up, like a sponge full of water, visible to the naked eye.
The theory of cold fusion is that when hydrogen is adsorbed into palladium
metal the hydrogen atoms get mixed with the electron "gas" in the metal so
that the protons are able to pack close together so that meson tunnelling
occurred. This makes a proton-proton atom (it is at a lower energy level
than two separated protons) which then emits a positron to form deuterium
which sits at a lower energy level level than the two hydrogen nuclei it
which then emits a positron to form deuterium