Cold fusion: Muon-catalysed fusion

H. E. Rafelski, D. Harley, G. R. Shin, J. Rafelski

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We put into perspective and further develop our recent work in muon catalysed fusion, with the objective of identifying the key physical processes in thet(d,n)a fusion cycle relevant to energy related applications. We begin by discussingthe fusion cycle and point out the importance of direct nuclear reactions in thecatalysed fusion processes. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of the muonloss reaction by attachment to the fusion q-particle. Finally, we examine some specialtopics that have attracted the attention of workers in the muon-catalysed fusion(MuCF) community, such as energy efficient production of muons and proposals forMuCF reactors, the potential of Z > 1 fusion, and other recently discussed forms ofcold fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1469-1516
Number of pages48
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 14 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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