Researchers Create "Dark Hydrogen" in Lab — Believed to Exist on Gas Giant Planets

With thanks to Jack Cole for posting about this on Vortex-l — an article on Gizmag reports about a new theory about ‘dark hydrogen’ on Jupiter.

Layer of strange “dark hydrogen” believed to exist on Jupiter-like planets

Some excerpts:

“Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have just produced a third version of the element in a lab, that they believe is found on gas giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn. They’re calling it dark hydrogen . . . the team compressed hydrogen under pressures ranging from 10,000 to 1.5 million times normal atmospheric pressure. During the compression, a version of hydrogen formed that didn’t reflect or transmit light, thus its “dark” monicker. This dark hydrogen was somewhere between a gas and a metal, and was able to transmit electricity, but only weakly.”

It’s interesting to think about different versions of hydrogen existing. We know that Randell Mills of Brilliant Light Power has a theory of the hydrino (a smaller hydrogen molecule) at the heart of his work. It is also believed by some that LENR reactions are caused by intense pressure of hydrogen molecules inside a metal lattice, so it does make wonder if there might be some relevance to LENR in this research from the Carnegie Institute.

  • Mats002

    ‘Dark hydrogen’ probably is formed when making beta-phase hydrogenated transition metals NiH or PdD.

    Hydrogenation is performed by temperature cycling the transition metal in a H atmosphere (pure H and/or the H isotope D).

    Beta-phase hydrogenation is a state when the pressure on single H or D atoms are very high, experiments points to 10000+ atmospheres,

    More details here:

    The idea is that after good preparation of the NiH or PdD beta-phase hydrogenated ‘fuel’ (the dark hydrogen inside it) can be nuclear combusted by EMF stimulation from laser, microwave or phonons (physical vibrations in the ultrasound frequency range by electromagnetic stimulation).

    At this stage we have LENR (the Mouse effect) but to get LENR+ (the Cat effect) there is need to use something that the small LENR effect produce (possible slow neutrons or heavy electrons) to stimulate an amplified reaction sequence. Here Lithium or Beryllium or other ‘happy’ elements might be the magic sauce.

    Beta-phase NiH or PdD is known to produce at least 6000 atm of pressure to the hydrogen but possible much higher pressure by formation of Rydberg formation as hexagonal structures of H atoms.

    • Mats00n

      Edit: Beryllium should be Boron.

      Piantelli talked about Li and B as enhancers, AR used Boron as an inside coating in the early iterations of E-Cat.

      • Fedir Mykhaylov

        Boron neutron capture. It will be bad for fuel. It can be used in the outer shell of the reactor – borated steel

        • Mats002

          Ok, thanks for correction Fedir.

          What are your thoughts about Li and Be in the mix? Me356 reported that Li do not have to be in the fuel mix, it is only needed to be in the visible path from NiH, that suggests that the ‘particles’ produced by the mouse is fast enough to travel at least centimeters up decimeters.

          What would beryllium do for an enhanced reaction?

          • Fedir Mykhaylov

            Godes writes about neutron generation with very low energy. I’m not sure that the supplement will cause beryllium neutron multiplication

    • Fedir Mykhaylov

      Perhaps the low-energy neutrons produced in the reactor as Brillouin

  • georgehants

    Research as always shows how little science knows, up until a few weeks ago every arrogant planetary expert and teacher has been pompously declaring that science knows for certain, that Pluto is a dead insignificant lump of rock out in the back of beyond with no possible interest.

  • georgehants

    Andy, so True, Wonderful scientists, it is only the regrettable education that has led many unthinking scientists to believe that science has all the answers now.
    The answer to almost every scientific question is, we don’t know.