The production of fusion heat in a metal hydride (deuteride) lattice is problematic, since the reported ratio of power to neutron or -ray flux of some workers is much larger than that for any known conventional complement of fusion reactions. However, enhanced screening of the deuteron or proton charge in the lattice cages might enhance to modest levels the standard d+d 3He+n,T+p and p+d 3He+ fusion reactions. By lowering the effective deuteron-deuteron and proton-deuteron Coulomb barriers, the effective Gamov penetration factor is increased substantially in metals in general, transition metals in particular, and perhaps enough to produce modest neutron fluxes and tritium yields.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics