Evidence for a background neutron enhanced fusion in deuterium absorbed palladium

Gad Shani, C. Cohen, A. Grayevsky, A. Brokman

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Experimental evidence for a correlation between the background neutron flux and the fusion reaction rate in deuterium charged palladium is demonstrated. A reaction rate of 10-24 per sec per deuterium atom is obtained under uncontrolled background conditions. The same specimen does not exhibit the fusion reaction under low background conditions. The reaction rate is accelerated when the specimen is irradiated by an external neutron source. Similar effect is obtained from a compressed deuterium gas. A recoiled deuteron mechanism may explain the result in the gas phase. The application of this model to the metal-deuterium system yields a discrepancy of three orders of magnitude between theory and experimental observation of the reaction rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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