On December 11-12, 2015 the The 16th Meeting of Japan CF-Research Society will be held at Kyoto University in Japan, and one of the presenters will be Norman Cook, who has collaborated with Andrea Rossi on theoretical work about the “Rossi Effect.”
The abstract of Cook’s presentation titled ‘A Hypothesis Concerning the Connection Between the
“Mössbauer Effect” and the “Rossi Effect”’ has been included in the program for the meeting (see here), and it includes some interesting information regarding the fuel of the E-Cat. Here is an excerpt:
In order to explain the “anomalous heat” generated by Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat (the “Rossi Effect”), I propose a mechanism based on the Mössbauer Effect and involving gamma ray resonances among nuclei. I hypothesize that the emission of gamma rays from low-lying excited-states of Mössbauer isotopes (e.g., 57Fe, 61Ni and 183W, that are contained in the E-Cat “fuel”) can induce resonances at relatively high-energies in non-Mössbauer isotopes (e.g., 27Al, 55Mn, 58Ni, 60Ni, and 62Ni) as a consequence of the overlap of transition energies at much higher nuclear levels. Resonances at energy levels higher than those of the Mössbauer Effect itself lead to a cascade of gamma emissions, as the excited states of the resonating non-Mössbauer nuclei de-excite through multiple steps leading toward their ground-states. Significant heat production is a consequence of the kinetic energy of the gamma emissions.
Interestingly, Cook includes both iron (Fe) and tungsten (W) as elements in the E-Cat fuel, which are not named in the fuel of Rossi’s recently approved US patent. We know that Cook and Rossi have worked closely together on theoretical work, and this week Rossi commented on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that Cook is one of the very few people who has visited the location of the 1MW plant test. It seems possible then that Cook is more aware than most of some of the more carefully guarded information about the E-Cat.
Hank Mills asked Andrea Rossi on the JONP about the the fuel composition mentioned in Cook’s abstract cited above, and whether it was an accurate representation of the E-Cat fuel composition, or just speculation. Rossi responded saying, “As for the specific inforation you are asking for, patents are in preparation and I cannot make pre-disclosure in positive or in negative.”
If Cook’s fuel description is accurate, it is possible that there is a different composition being used now in the E-Cat, which could account for Rossi’s claims of improved performance in both the 1MW plant, and the E-Cat X.