Heat Generation Above Break-Even From Laser-induced Fusion in Ultra Dense Deuterium (Leif Holmlid)

Thanks to Ecco for this post:

“Here’s the latest peer-reviewed paper by Leif Holmlid (of Rydberg matter/ultra-dense Deuterium studies), showing that break-even fusion power in a table-top experiment could be a reality”:

Article title: “Heat generation above break-even from laser-induced fusion in ultra-dense deuterium”

http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/adva/5/8/10.1063/1.4928572

The conclusion of the article reads:

“The laser-induced nuclear fusion process in ultra-dense deuterium D(0) gives a heating power at least a factor of 2 larger than the laser power into the apparatus, thus clearly above break-even.This is found with 100-200 mJ laser pulse-energy into the apparatus. No heating is used in the sys-tem, to minimize problems with heat transfer and gas transport. This gives sub-optimal conditions,and the number of MeV particles (and thus their energy) created in the fusion process is a factor of10 below previous more optimized conditions. Several factors lead to lower measured heat than thetrue value, and the results found are thus lower limits to the real performance. With the optimumsource conditions used previously, a gain of 20 is likely also for longer periods”

PDF with full text can be found here.

So is this ‘hot fusion’, ‘cold fusion’, or something else? Using lasers to power the apparatus is certainly a technique used in the large hot fusion reactors, but this is done in a table-top environment like cold fusion experiments. According to Dr. Sveinn Ólafsson on the LENR-Forum, who has worked with Leif Holmlid, “this looks like hot fusion
but it is not only that, it is also behind LENR”

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