E-Cat Theory Paper Published by Andrea Rossi and Norman Cook

Thanks to AlainCo for sharing the following link on the LENR-Forum


A paper by Norman Cook of Kansai University, Osaka and Andrea Rossi titled ‘On the Nuclear Mechanisms Underlying the Heat Production by the “E-Cat”’ has been published on Arxiv.org, a repository of pre-print science papers hosted at Cornell University.

Here’s the abstract to the paper:

We discuss the isotopic abundances found in the E-Cat reactor with regard to the nuclear mechanisms responsible for excess heat. We argue that a major source of energy is a reaction between the first excited-state of 7Li4 and a proton, followed by the breakdown of 8Be4 into two alphas with high kinetic energy, but without gamma radiation. The unusual property of the 7Li4 isotope that allows this reaction is similar to the property that underlies the Mossbauer effect: the presence of unusually low-lying excited states in stable, odd-Z and/or odd-N nuclei. We use the lattice version of the independent-particle model (IPM) of nuclear theory to show how the geometrical structure of isotopes indicate nuclear reactions that are not predicted in the conventional version of the IPM. Finally, we speculate on similar mechanisms that may be involved in other low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR).

This is the first time that we have seen Andrea Rossi’s theoretical understanding of the E-Cat published, and so this is a very significant event in the history of the E-Cat, and I am sure the paper will be studied and discussed at length.

Rossi has long praised the work of Norman Cook, and has said that his book Models of the Atomic Nucleus is one of his favorite physics books, so it is interesting to see that the two of them have teamed up on this paper.

    • ecatworld

      Thanks Christopher.

      I’m not sure that this part is accurate (about the Gates foundation) — anyone know for sure?

      “Next week, the 19{+t}{+h} International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-19) will take place in Italy. The ICCFs have been generally dismissed as ‘meeting of believers’ but this time around many potential investors, notably the Bill Gates Foundation is taking part in it.”

  • Mike Henderson

    Star Trek predicted this: dilithium crystals were the key ingredient in their power supply.

  • Axil Axil

    The ultimate cause of LENR is rooted in the nuckeus of the atom. Rossi as the most infuencial authourity on LENR has bought into the lattice theory of the nucleus where subatomic particles are immutable and static as cue balls cemented in a block of stone. This view of the nucleus is counterproductive to the ultimate understanding to what is the nuclear mechanics of LENR as will be eventually revealed. Protons and neutrons together with all their subatomic helpers: the pions, mesons, and the various nuclear forces are dynamic and unpredictable in the extreme.

    The nucleus is a Quantum Cheshire Cat living in a zero point virtual particle zoo where its parts change without reason or apparent cause. A fixed and unchanging lattice is counterproductive to the understanding of such a quantium mechanical reality. Cook’s lattice theory will block understanding of how LENR works inside that kind of slippery subatomic world. In my view, LENR is complex and mysterious. Rossi has now bought into a simplistic mental structure that rejects the force driven transmutation of subatomic particles that I believe is at the heart of LENR. The lattice model is at most an engineering aid that predicts some mainline nuclear processes but lacks the conceptual penetration power to look deeply into LENR causation.

  • Bob Greenyer

    I met him at ICCF18 and had the pleasure of a jovial conversation with him in the back of a car on the way to the final dinner. We discussed his theory in relation to Carpinteri Piezo Nuclear Fission, my feeling that the earths core heat was LENR and other matters.

  • Timar

    No, I don’t think so. Not necessarily. I did not mean to question Dr. Cooks qualification on this subject. My point was all about credibility and public perception.

  • Timar

    I hope so.

  • parallelB

    This book may provide some insights about Lithium for those willing to wade through it.

    “During the past over one century we have conceived in imagination that any nuclear
    transitions i.e. nuclear reactions and decays are never induced by chemical reactions of
    atoms and molecules surrounding the reactant nuclei. However, in metallic hydrogen and
    lithium liquids consisting of collective mobile s-electrons, nuclear transitions are subjected
    to the thermodynamic activity of the liquids revealed in the spontaneous coupled chemical
    transitions through the coupling between the nuclei and the collective s-electrons.
    Typical examples are chemonuclear fusion in the metallic Li liquids where the slow
    nuclear collisions are coupled with atomic collisions and result in the astronomically
    enhanced nuclear fusion. In the liquids, enormously enhanced nuclear decays are also
    induced. Here, the s-electron density respect to the nuclear positions plays the essential
    role through the coupling between the nuclear transitions and the spontaneous atomic and
    molecular transitions. In the liquids, all these extraordinary enhancement mechanisms are
    strictly subjected to the thermodynamic force specied by the Gibbs energy changes in
    the transitions.
    This conclusion would be an extension of Einstein’s unwavering condence that thermo-
    dynamics is not based on any hypothesis.
    The chemonuclear transitions would provide a great boon to mankind.”

  • Bernie777

    I am waiting for the reaction of Storms, McKubre, Hagelstein, Duncan, Swartz, so far the silence has been deafening.

    • Bob Greenyer

      It may be that there are many pieces to the puzzle and they are held by various researchers – but the tendency is to build a new puzzle around their piece rather than allow merit to be accorded to the value in an explanation for other aspects of what is going on.

      Regardless of if the theory as presented is right or not, one thing I like about this paper is that it does not attempt to explain everything by stretching one idea.

      • Bernie777

        Hi Bob: Yes, I agree. I hope they (and you) are taking the Rossi/Cook presentation and building on it. Rossi/Cook is a starting point, it is too complicated for one or two heads, need a lot of them working together. Please add your knowledge and expertise.

  • Curbina

    This is the book that, according to Rossi, needs to be read side by side to Cook’s book to be fully understood. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-60970-1