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Searches for low-temperature nuclear fusion of deuterium in palladium

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A series of experiments has been performed to determine whether nuclear fusion processes occur in palladium rods that have been electrochemically charged with deuterium. With a variety of metal-lurgical pretreatment procedures and different electrolytes, no evidence has been obtained for any excess enthalpy, neutron, gamma ray, tritium or helium production during electrolysis of D20 with palladium cathodes.

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Lewis, N., Barnes, C., Heben, M. et al. Searches for low-temperature nuclear fusion of deuterium in palladium. Nature 340, 525–530 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1038/340525a0

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