Some manager (fund provider) was hold- heartedly happy about the frustration of others IMHO. Such is the ilk of anti-scientists and trolls, vocal and obvious on the various LENR blogs.
Bob Cook From: Eric Walker<mailto:eric.wal...@gmail.com> Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:46 AM To: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: [Vo]:The Purcell Effect 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<mailto:jone...@pacbell.net>> wrote: From: Eric Walker<mailto:eric.wal...@gmail.com> I'm curious whether any of those replications have been outside of the LENR field. Eric 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. 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). 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. 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… 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. 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. I see the assignee is Altran Corporation which may still have an interest but it may not be the well-known Altran. Jones