Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 44, Number 3, December 2008
|Page(s)||287 - 290|
|Section||Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy|
|Published online||06 December 2008|
Comment on “The use of CR-39 in Pd/D co-deposition experiments” by P.A. Mosier-Boss, S. Szpak, F.E. Gordon and L.P.G. Forsley Interpreting SPAWAR-type dominant pits
Montclair State University, NJ 07055 Montclair, USA
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Revised: 11 July 2008
Accepted: 24 July 2008
Published online: 6 December 2008
A recent claim [Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 40, 293 (2007)] demonstrating a nuclear process triggered by electrolysis is challenged. An analysis, based on relative diameters, is used to demonstrate that predominant pits could not possibly be attributed to alpha particles, or to less massive nuclear projectiles. This conclusion is supported not only by positive results from a replication experiment, but also by results from the experiment on which the original claim was based. While the numerous SPAWAR-type pits seem to be highly reproducible, their interpretation is not yet clear.
PACS: 29.30.Ep – Charged-particle spectroscopy / 25.70.-z – Low and intermediate energy heavy-ion reactions / 29.40.Wk – Solid-state detectors / 81.15.Pq – Electrodeposition, electroplating
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