Allan Widom on Working for Clean Nuclear Power, LLC (Video)

Allan Widom is a theoretical physicist at Northeastern University (in Boston, Massachusetts), and is well known in LENR circles as one of the proponents of the Widom-Larsen theory, which proposes that in the surface of a metal hydride energetic (“heavy”) electrons can undergo electron capture, and combine with a proton to form a neutron, which can then be absorbed into a material, and through a beta decay process, releasing energy (my very rough understanding of the thory). The Widom-Larsen theory is one that has gained quite a bit of popularity among certain researchers, most notably NASA, who has been involved in research efforts to see if it holds up to scrutiny.

Widom is a co-founder of a Swiss company, Clean Nuclear Power, LLC. Below is a clip of Dr. Widom speaking about his involvement at the Oxford conference held by LENR Cities in January 2015.

  • GreenWin

    John Swain, Associate Professor Physics, College of Science, NorthEastern University, Boston speaks well of the conference and inevitable emergence of LENR. Yet another major university joining in recognizing this evolving field of energy that will replace fossil/fission and hot fusion. I would look for physics departments to quietly begin CF research under the banner of nano-plasmonics or some variation thereof. This is clearly where Princeton’s PPPL should move in order to save face from the massive 65 year failure of hot fusion. Congratulations to LENR-G Cities – this is an excellent method of bringing together academia, industry and communities to benefit from LENR.

    • Alan DeAngelis

      I would prefer to see institutions like the
      University of Illinois that supported LENR (I’m thinking of George Miley) since
      F&P get the funding instead of the institutions that were the biggest
      impediment (“impossible”, “nonsense”) to LENR’s acceptance. I’m not waiting
      with bated breath for their quarter of a century after the fact brilliant
      insights.

    • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

      look also at Prometeon , Guida Parch…
      He is pivoting to LENRG…

      not sure all the agreement are signed, for NU or prometeon, but

  • Alan DeAngelis

    A few weeks after the F&P announcement Larry A Hull (in a letter to Chemical and Engineering News, May 15, 1989, page3) proposed the mechanism of a deuteron capturing an electron to become nn, “dineutronium”. This would require less energy (2.2 MeV less, the binding energy of a proton and a neutron) than the Widom-Larsen mechanism were a deuteron captures an electron to become two neutrons.
    It requires 3.01 MeV to make two neutrons from a deuteron and an electron!

    Energy equivalences of rest masses of:

    Deuteron: 1875.612793 MeV

    Electron: 0.5109906 MeV

    Neutron: 939.56563 MeV

    D + e > 2 n would require 3.01 MeV ! (Widom-Larsen mechanism)

    D + e > nn would require 0.81 MeV (Hull mechanism)

    “Sir: The detection of helium-4 by the University of Utah group in cold fusion experiments would seem to confirm that fusion reactions have definitely occurred. However, there remains the question of mechanism. I would like to suggest the following electron tunneling reaction in an electrostatic field, which is a version of

    the p+ + e- n nuclear reaction nuclear
    reaction: np+ + e- > nn

    diffusion of nn to hit np+

    nn + np+ > [n3p+] > e- + [n2p2++ = 4He++]

    This would essentially be a catalytic fusion process, which would have the advantage that the neutral nn particle could circumvent the electrostatic barrier to np+ + np+ fusion. Any nn escaping fusion would likely degenerate back to np+ + e-.
    Also, the presence of Le-7 + nn could lead to Be-9 and B-11 production by similar processes. It will be interesting to learn if the electrodes are stable enough for long-term fusion of whether the electrodes
    need to be frequently recycled by baking or refinement. I do not know if this process can be scaled up to practical large-scale energy production, but cold fusion may just be the answer the world needs for its greenhouse effect, energy shortages, and environmental pollution problems.”

    -Larry A. Hull
    New Sharon, Iowa

    May 15, 1989 C& EN
    (F&P made their announcement on March 23, 1989)

    PS
    This is from a hard copy I saved. I hope I transcribed it well.

    • Andreas Moraitis

      From where did he get the mass of the dineutron?

      • Alan DeAngelis

        Those are my calculations.
        His letter starts below my calculations. Without knowing the mass of nn, I’m assuming (I could be wrong) that the reaction would be 2.2 MeV less (the binding energy of the neutron to a proton in a deuteron) than 3.01 MeV for the reaction because it’s not split into two neutrons.

        • Alan DeAngelis

          Having said that, I don’t think much of electron capture mechanisms in general. I just think that it might be easier for nuclei to tunnel and fuse when they’re confined in a lattice.

          • Alan DeAngelis

            PS
            Coulomb barriers are more of a concern in the simple-minded
            banging billiard balls together approach of hot fusion.

    • Alan DeAngelis

      Pardon me, it should read:
      ….presence of Li-7 + nn…

      My poor transcription.

  • Sanjeev

    There are many more videos from this event on the LENRG channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzPajdiy28RC_D2oo7xsGA/videos

    • Gerrit

      John Swain is very convincing.