A new paper has been published on Arxiv.org titled “Nuclear catalysis mediated by localized anharmonic vibrations” by Ukrainian researcher Vladimir Dubinko, who incidentally was one of the presenters of at the recent conference on LENR hosted by Airbus in France. He also made a presentation at the ICCF19 conference in Padua, Italy earlier this year.
Here’s an excerpt from the abstract:
Recently, it has been proposed that discrete breathers (a sub-class of LAVs [Localized Anharmonic Vibrations] arising in periodic systems) present the most natural and efficient way to produce correlation effects in regular crystals due to time-periodic modulation of the potential well (or the Coulomb barrier) width and hence to act as breather nano-colliders catalyzing low energy nuclear reactions (LENR) in solids. It has been shown that the tunneling probability for the D-D fusion under electrolysis of heavy water increases enormously with increasing number of oscillations resulting in the fusion rates comparable with those observed experimentally. In the present paper, we discuss possible ways of engineering the nuclear-active environment (NAE) and catalyzing LENR in NAE based on the LAV concept. We propose some practical ways of catalyzing LENR that are based on a special electro-magnetic treatment or electron irradiation, which trigger LAVs in crystals and clusters.
This is a complex theoretical paper, and one that I don’t feel qualified to offer an opinion on, but Dubinko does reference experimental results from LENR experiments. He notes that many replications have not been successful. He notes the work of fellow Ukrainian Nick Oseyko who has reported positive results (excess heat production) from his testing and includes photos from one experiment in his paper. Dubinko notes that Oseyko has inconsistent results from different reactors, and makes this comment about replications in general:
“This controversy of different experimental results points out to the necessity of careful examination and comparison of microstructures of successful and unsuccessful fuels, and to the need for search of new ways of triggering LENR, which could result in a higher success rate.
“One of the perspective ways of triggering LENR is to use electron beams with variable beam energy . The point is that electrons hitting the target atoms displace them from equilibrium positions by the distance depending on the electron energy and the atomic mass. The displaced atoms start vibrating with frequencies inversely proportional to the initial displacements.”
The PDF to the paper can be accessed here.