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Revisiting the cold case of cold fusion

TitleRevisiting the cold case of cold fusion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBerlinguette, CP, Chiang, Y-M, Munday, JN, Schenkel, T, Fork, DK, Koningstein, R, Trevithick, MD
JournalNature
Volume570
Pagination45-51
ISSN1476-4687
Abstract

The 1989 claim of 'cold fusion' was publicly heralded as the future of clean energy generation. However, subsequent failures to reproduce the effect heightened scepticism of this claim in the academic community, and effectively led to the disqualification of the subject from further study. Motivated by the possibility that such judgement might have been premature, we embarked on a multi-institution programme to re-evaluate cold fusion to a high standard of scientific rigour. Here we describe our efforts, which have yet to yield any evidence of such an effect. Nonetheless, a by-product of our investigations has been to provide new insights into highly hydrided metals and low-energy nuclear reactions, and we contend that there remains much interesting science to be done in this underexplored parameter space.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1256-6
DOI10.1038/s41586-019-1256-6