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“Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum” has to be applied. CF is progressing through some leading, creative groups. The Cincinnati Group is one of these and it was at Asti. It has shown us some very valuable and interesting things. We regretted the absence of the president of Trenergy, Inc. (Hal Fox) who intended to speak about plasma-injected transmutation. A strongly polarized field----good perspectives for LENR/LENT as concluded from the paper of George Miley and the results of the Cincinnati Group near Mike McKubre's unforgettable lecture concerning the tremendous difficulties inherent to the classical Pd/D2O cell and near the NHE papers.
  • "Preliminary results with 'Cincinnati Group Cell' on Thorium 'Transmutation' Under 50 Hz AC Excitation," F. Celani, M. Achilli, A. Battaglia, C. Cattaneo, C. Buzzanca, P.G. Sona, A. Mancini, Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-7), April 19-24, 1998, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pp. 56-67.
We give the procedure and the results of experiments performed with a standard "Cincinnati Group Cell," aimed to observe possible "transmutation" of Th in other elements via an AC electrolytic process. Three techniques have been used to avoid bias due to spurious effects: a-radiometry, ICP/MS and ICP/optical, looking at difference between initial and final solution and between blank (no Th) and "black (with Th) processed solutions. We found a deficit of Th after processing and new elements produced. The results are still not conclusive on transmutation and we discuss arguments in favor and against the transmutation hypothesis. We clarify the critical points of the measurement techniques, adding some suggestions to improve the reliability of results in future measurements.
Transmutation reactions have been reported to occur in all environments to which the CANR process has been applied. The easiest method involves creating a plasma under water. This can be done by applying sufficient voltage (up to 150 V) to form an arc between two carbon rods immersed in an electrolyte containing various salts dissolved in water [122-124]. The method is reported to generate a magnetic precipitate in addition to various elements and is easy to duplicate. A tungsten electrode can also be used[125-127] or the discharge can be made to occur in a cell made of zirconium[128, 129]. Each has been reported to generate elements not previously detected in the materials, sometimes with abnormal isotopic abundance.