Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

In 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann introduced the idea of "cold fusion". They presented experimental evidence for a phenomenon by which nuclear fusion could occur not only at the extreme temperatures of the sun's core (~15 million K), but at room temperature. Click here for a comprehensive, non-technical story on the current status of cold fusion, by Wired magazine.

We are currently investigating this claim by monitoring the excess heat generated by a cell of pressurizing deuterium relative to a control cell that contains a heating element. Both cells are suspended in a small vacuum chamber and submerged in liquid nitrogen. A Lakeshore control box continuously records data from temperature probes on both cells.

Below are two pictures of our experimental setup.




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