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380) ICCF15 will start tomorrow in Rome

Ludwik Kowalski

Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA
October 4, 2009


1) The 15th International Conference on Cold Fusion, ICCF15, will start tomorrow in Italy. The conference website is

http://iccf15.frascati.enea.it/

Going there I just downloaded the abstracts. I have no idea when the proceedings (with full articles) will be published. Proceedings from the ICCF14, which I attended (Washington DC, October 2008), have not yet been published. What follows are the notes I made by browsing throug selected ICCF15 abstracts, quickly.

2) I. Dardik et al. referred to their already-known spectacular excess heat result (experiment 64). The electric input power was “less than 1 watt,” the thermal energy output power was “up to 30 W.” The total energy gain was “approximately 25.” That record result was obtained in the open electrolytic cell. New experiments are performed in close cells, containing recombiners. New results “re-confirm the validity of the Energetics open cell results.”

3). Letts et al., are studying low power excess heat influenced by the laser illumination of the cathode. Two laser beams (of different frequency) are used. Theoretical aspect of this approach was presented by Peter Hagelstein. This was at the University of Missouri LENR Seminar in May 2009. All presentations at this seminar are very interesting. Link to them are at

4) Y. Iwamura et al.: “ Transmutation reactions of Sc into Pr has been confirmed” by using X-ray fluorescent spectroscopy. The item below shows that results are not always reproducible.

5) Bazhutov et al. calibrated CR-39 detectors with hydrogen and nitrogen ions with energies up to 5 MeV. This was done in connection with new investigations of the erzion model.

6) K. Grabowski et al.: “Thus, we concluded that the transmutation of Cs to Pr when deuterium permeated MHI’s multilayer structure could not be firmly established, as contamination during the foil production or during the foil analysis could not be ruled-out.”

7) A. Lipson: “The presented data on observation of real nuclear signatures accompanying deuterium loading/deloading in metals, open the way to convince physicists in nuclear origin of excess heat effect.”

8) Y. Toriyabe et al. bombarded Li with deuteron beams (energies 10 to 80 keV). Preliminary experiments show that acoustical cavitation affects emission of alpha particles. “The reaction rate varies in cycles which synchronize with the frequency of the ultra sonic wave, although the enhancement of the reaction rate is not so large.”

9) A. Frumkin et al. observed nuclear projectiles (3 MeV protons, 1 MeV tritons and alpha particles of higher energies.

10) A Roussetski et al. describe a new low-energy (up to 0.05 MeV) ion beam installation HELIS, in Moscow. This accelerator of ions of light elements (with atomic number in the range Z=1-54) is likely to play an important role in CMNS investigations. The deuteron current density can be as high as 2 A/cm^2.

11) S Tsvetkov et al., detected emission of neutrons (at the rate of 10^5 per second) correlated with excess heat. Neutrons were emitted when deuterium was loaded into titanium.

12) A. Takahashi discusses nuclear reactions which result in emission of neutrons.

13) V. Kirkinskii, also reports emission of neutrons from titanium loaded with deuterium. The counting rate (57 +/- 13) exceeded the background by the factor of about 1.8. The emission rate is estimated to be between 100 and 1000 per second.

14) 14) A. Roussetski et al. referring to a SPAWAR type experiment performed at SRI, presented “evidence for fast neutron emission (En ~ 2.0-2.5 MeV) during SRI’s SPAWAR-type PdDx electrolytic co-deposition experiment.” Their experimental findings, already reported in Catania, show that dominant CR-39 tracks were due to protons (presumably recoiling protons from collisions with neutrons) and not to alpha particles of very low energy.

At the May 2009 seminar (see point 3 above) Pamela Boss said that majority of tracks they observe are due low energy alpha particles. Larry Forseley, also from SPAWAR team, thinks that tracks observed, especially on the back sides of CR-39 chips, are due to neutrons. No SPAWAR talks or posters appear on the list of ICCF15 presentations. Frank Gordon, the leader of SPAWAR team, made an excellent review of two decades of their research. How can anyone disagree with their experimental evidence (published in 23 pier review papers) that signatues of nuclear processes do occur when their codeposition protocol is used? Or how can anyone disagree with his last last remark, that progress toward understanding of CMNS phenomena would be much faster if research were coordinated (all researchers performing the same experiments at the same time)?

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