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Physicists Meet at CERN to Discuss Progress Made on Cold Fusion

Physicists Meet at CERN to Discuss Progress Made on Cold Fusion

Francesco Celani and Yogendra Srivastava will be leading a kind of informal meeting called a colloquium at Europe’s fundamental physics facility, CERN.  The topic, “Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)” will be discussed March 22, 2012 in the CERN Council Chamber.  Of note is the event will be viewable – live – on the CERN Webcast Service.  Hopefully someone will save it to YouTube.

Celani is a prominent Italian physicist at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, and Srivastave is an emeritus professor of physics at Indiana University in the U.S.

The point being made in the announcement is Celani and Srivastave are going to present an overview of the primary LENR or Cold Fusion progress made since 1989, some time after the Fleischmann and Pons study release. At task are the experimental and theoretical studies on thermal and nuclear anomalies observed in forced interactions of hydrogen and deuterium, in non-equilibrium conditions, with pure or alloyed materials primarily palladium and nickel.

Of interest are the experimental conditions in electrolytic environments running at moderate temperatures of 20-50°C and recently gas environments have been used at higher temperatures in the range of 200-400°C with the use of temperatures between 500-900°C in the latest work.

Likely of importance is Celani and Srivastave are expected to show specific nanostructures have begun to play a crucial role in basic studies and in commercial claims for technological and industrial applications, noticeably the Rossi led effort and the competitor Defkalion.

The scheduling announcement points to an array of theoretical models proposed to explain the many experimental anomalies seen in LENR research. The announcement says "A brief description of a weak interaction model shall be presented that claims to explain almost ALL of the anomalous effects found so far."  The emphasis at “ALL” is from the announcement.

CERN Tunnel
Cross Section of an LHC Dipole in the CERN Tunnel. Image courtesy of CERN.

What is there to make of all this?  First it’s CERN, one of the world’s largest and most respected institutions for scientific research in fundamental physics, for finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.  CERN is the world’s largest and currently the premiere sub atomic particle collider.  Their business is the discovery of the particles that make up protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei. It’s a sure bet most everyone there has a good grounding in atomic physics before diving off into the unknown of subatomic particle physics.

Second is Celani and Srivastave are not lightweights, or there wouldn’t be a colloquium at CERN to start with.  Ignatios Antoniadis and Daniele Benedetti have organized the meeting for late on a Thursday to be held in a significant room.  Make of that what you will.

As for expectations, that would be speculative in nature.  The obvious and most interesting questions for now centre on the level of attendance and who attends.  Then the demeanour of the room will be of interest and finally the tone of the questions and the discussion.  Of particular note will be the level of acceptance the attendees allow for the Celani and Srivastave assertion that something worthwhile in energy production is taking place.

It’s not likely that a ‘setup’ is taking place, although the history of the science from the past is quite alarming, the sheer volume of successes and the imminent, if yet still dubious commercialization, places the burden of responsible inquest on the attendees with a responsible disclosure burden on the presenters.

Yet the CERN folks are working much deeper than atomic nuclei and the Coulomb barrier probably has a role in the calculations there.  The facts of LENR or Cold Fusion may provide the ingenious there with some new ways to delve even deeper.  While many are harbouring grand hopes from the meeting, the results may very likely point to how the LENR research will apply or benefit the attendees’ interest in particle research.

Everybody cool out.  The one certain expectation is it’s a CERN meeting for their purposes and they are gracious enough to let us listen in.

But, stay tuned.

By. Brian Westenhaus

Source: Cold Fusion aka LENR to be reviewed at CERN

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  • Dragon on February 16 2012 said:
    March 22nd???? LOL. By the time these guys meet, Defkalion will already won the battle.

    They are beginning third party testing on Hyperion (45KW LENR device)with Greek Government and many other international teams on Feb 24th.
  • Charles Richer on February 21 2012 said:
    It almost feel like the search is just beginning after 23 years of introduction. It is a new instrument. It is a new probe. It is a new source of energy. Can it be tamed.
  • VAN DEN BOGAERT JOANNES on March 08 2012 said:
    To CERN PEOPLE involved in "cold fusion" more particularly LANR,

    Please consider Belgian patents with publication numbers BE1002780 and BE1002781 obtainable in English
    on e-Cat Site under the title "Belgian LANR Patents". Patents have been postponed from publication by the
    Belgian Ministry of Defense for 2 years; no further filing possible (theories : electrostatic wetting and Coulomb explosion operated in tiny electroconductive particles in gas phase).
  • VAN DEN BOGAERT JOANNES on March 08 2012 said:
    Look at Belgian patents in English on e-Cat Site under the title Belgian LANR Patents. BE1002780 and BE1002781 and consider also BE1003296.

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