Thank you, Jones.  That's an interesting account.  It's always frustrating
when replications are attempted only half-heartedly and without attention
to detail or followup.  Have you considered writing up a protocol for the
pitchblend experiment?

Eric


On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 8:59 PM, JonesBeene <jone...@pacbell.net> wrote:

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> *From: *Eric Walker <eric.wal...@gmail.com>
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> I'm curious whether any of those replications have been outside of the
> LENR field.
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> Eric
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> Several years ago, not long after the P&F announcement - this was a hot
> topic on various forums. I participated in one replication attempt, since
> at the time I had a working Tesla coil (Ouidin coil)  setup which was an
> ideal vehicle to demonstrate the effect as it is more of a bipolar
> resonator giving a large swing in alternating HV potential across a sample.
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> We were able to show two orders of magnitude increase in the rate at which
> pitchblende decayed … but that rate gain attenuated after several days.
> This generated some interest at Cal (Berkeley).
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> The PhDs who ostensibly tried a replication experiment of the Barker
> patent (for unknown reasons)  proceeded with a setup which was completely
> inadequate and (as expected) showed a null result. This null result
> squelched any further interest in our funders.
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> Sadly the geniuses at Cal missed two  important details – which are that
> the effect works best (or only) on minerals (especially oxides of U and Th)
> and almost never works on a pure metal isotope like Californium IIRC  and
> second that the electric field must be arranged to have an extreme
> variation - such that the sample sees alternating voltage polarity over its
> surface and not a purely static field. As I recall, the details are
> explained in the patent. Researchers often hate to work with minerals since
> there is so much variability in composition... but still…
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> An effect which is stated not to work with metals is doomed from the start
> - if you use a metal. Anyway – everyone seemed to move to LENR after this
> and it was mostly forgotten.
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> The main reason that even a large increase in the decay rate of a mineral
> like pitchblende cannot be easily commercialized is that even at a factor
> of 100 improvement, the half-life may drop from several billion years to
> several tens of million years, but still far from breakeven, considering
> the power put into the HV input. Even so, it is probably something that
> should have been continued.
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> I see the assignee is Altran Corporation which may still have an interest
> but it may not be the well-known Altran.
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> Jones
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