Thanks to Pelgrim108 for finding a report of a seminar held at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia on July 7th, 2014 at which Edward Tsyganov gave a lecture where he presented his views on a theoretical basis for cold fusion.
Here’s a description of his theoretical position from a (Google translated) report.
Professor Edward Tsyganov said: at saturation conductive crystals deuterium atoms availability of electrons in the crystal lattice potential niches conductor leads to a ban for unexcited deuterium atoms occupy these niches. At the same time, even the first atomic excitation level of deuterium removes the ban. When after all potential niches are already once filled by deuterium atoms, further saturation deuterium potential niches crystal gives rise to one such niche twin clusters of atoms.
In most of these clusters deuterium nuclei are pulled together by 1/10 – 1/20 of the nominal size of these atoms. Zero quantum vibration of adjacent deuterium nuclei rather quickly lead to the penetration of two deuterium nuclei through the residual Coulomb barrier. Spatial orientation of the deuterium atom in the crystal lattice under strictly deterministic with respect to one of the spatial directions of the crystal lattice.
The report also discussed the further dissipation of energy during the transition from the excited state of 4 He * to the ground state formed the nucleus 4 He (~ 24 MeV).
The translation here is a little unclear, but I wonder if the word ‘niches’ used here could correspond to the ‘cracks’, or imperfections that are proposed by Edmund Storms to be the active requirement for a Nuclear Active Environment where cold fusion reactions can occur.
If we have any Russian speakers who can help us, it would be appreciated! Below is a video — in Russian — which reports on the event, and in which Tsyganov talks about his ideas.
The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research is an intergovernmental scientific research organization with members mainly from countries allied with, or from the former Soviet Union. There are also agreements to work with Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and the Republic of South Africa. According to the JINR website, “The research policy of JINR is determined by the Scientific Council, which consists of eminent scientists from the Member States as well as famous researchers from China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Switzerland, the USA, and the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN).”