Energy and flux limits of cold-fusion neutrons using a deuterated liquid scintillator

D. A. Roberts, F. D. Becchetti, E. Ben-Jacob, P. Garik, J. Musser, B. Orr, G. Tarlé, A. Tomasch, J. S. Holder, D. Redina, B. Heuser, G. Wicker

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Abstract

Deuterated liquid scintillator detectors (NE230), which give excellent n/ discrimination and provide a direct measure of the neutron energy spectrum, have been used to search for 2 to 3 MeV neutrons produced in d+d cold fusion. The apparatus consisted of an electrolytic cell using high-efficiency inverted-well geometry. Several samples of annealed Pd wire and a Pd casting (up to 13 g) were studied over a period of several weeks. An upper limit of 10-3 fusion (n/s g) Pd was obtained corresponding to <7×10-24 fusion (n/s) dd pair in our samples which excludes most of the reported positive results. Several sources of spurious signals, which could closely mimic signals from fusion neutrons, were also observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1809-R1812
JournalPhysical Review C
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990

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Roberts, D. A., Becchetti, F. D., Ben-Jacob, E., Garik, P., Musser, J., Orr, B., ... Wicker, G. (1990). Energy and flux limits of cold-fusion neutrons using a deuterated liquid scintillator. Physical Review C, 42(5), R1809-R1812. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.42.R1809