Feb 082012

By Steven B. Krivit

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One of the most well-established nuclear physics institutions in the world, CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, will host a colloquium on low-energy nuclear reaction research in March.

A general colloquium, “Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress in Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR),” will take place at CERN on March 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber.


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The colloquium will review recent gas-environment LENR experiments and the role of nanostructures in the basic studies. Francesco Celani, a physicist with the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Frascati, Italy, will present this work.

The colloquium will also review the potential of one theory, the Widom-Larsen model of LENRs, which is based on weak interactions and neutron-capture processes. A co-author of the theory, Yogendra Srivastava, a physicist with the University of Perugia, Italy, will present this talk.

“A plethora of theoretical models have been proposed to explain several experimental anomalies in LENR,” the CERN announcement stated. “A brief description of a weak-interaction model shall be presented that claims to explain almost ALL of the anomalous effects found so far.”

Historically, CERN has been skeptical about LENR, though this was during a time when many proponents of the field believed the phenomena were explained as some kind of “cold fusion” and the body of experimental evidence was poorly understood.

Beginning in 1989 and for the next decade, Douglas R.O. Morrison, a physicist at CERN, published a regular series of newsletters that depicted the experimental work as well as the “cold fusion” theories as pathological science.

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