Thanks to AlainCo for sharing the following link on the LENR-Forum
A paper by Norman Cook of Kansai University, Osaka and Andrea Rossi titled ‘On the Nuclear Mechanisms Underlying the Heat Production by the “E-Cat”’ has been published on Arxiv.org, a repository of pre-print science papers hosted at Cornell University.
Here’s the abstract to the paper:
We discuss the isotopic abundances found in the E-Cat reactor with regard to the nuclear mechanisms responsible for excess heat. We argue that a major source of energy is a reaction between the first excited-state of 7Li4 and a proton, followed by the breakdown of 8Be4 into two alphas with high kinetic energy, but without gamma radiation. The unusual property of the 7Li4 isotope that allows this reaction is similar to the property that underlies the Mossbauer effect: the presence of unusually low-lying excited states in stable, odd-Z and/or odd-N nuclei. We use the lattice version of the independent-particle model (IPM) of nuclear theory to show how the geometrical structure of isotopes indicate nuclear reactions that are not predicted in the conventional version of the IPM. Finally, we speculate on similar mechanisms that may be involved in other low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR).
This is the first time that we have seen Andrea Rossi’s theoretical understanding of the E-Cat published, and so this is a very significant event in the history of the E-Cat, and I am sure the paper will be studied and discussed at length.
Rossi has long praised the work of Norman Cook, and has said that his book Models of the Atomic Nucleus is one of his favorite physics books, so it is interesting to see that the two of them have teamed up on this paper.