Cold nuclear fusion in metallic hydrogen and normal metals

Charles J. Horowitz

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The rate of nuclear fusion from tunneling in very dense metallic hydrogen in the core of Jupiter is calculated to be 10-50 per hydrogen-deuterium pair per second. It is estimated that the width of the fusion barrier for deuterium in palladium or a similar metal must be reduced to, of order, 0.1 A for the fusion rate to be 10-25 per deuterium per second. If this scale is achieved, the ratios of various nuclear reaction rates will be very different for cold versus thermonuclear fusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1555-R1558
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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