Moving forward – this month of July could be unusually hot, to speak… Energy 
Independence Day could be upon us.

Several top researchers are now committed to a Mizuno replication and underway 
already. Even more are thinking seriously about parts of it -  and there are 
literally dozens of crafty amateurs who want to make a big splash. Who knows 
what will happen by Fall? The only thing missing, sadly, is participation from 
DOE and the big labs (with the possible exception of Lawrence Berkeley.)

Few of the researchers want to be identified at this time by name - but the 
explosion of interest in this experiment is like nothing we have seen in the 
field since the early days of the Rossi debacle. If this turns out to be 
another false alarm – LENR may never recover.

Most of the pundits on this forum are willing to give benefit of the doubt to 
Mizuno, and take a wait-and-see attitude, despite similar claims from him in 
the past which did not pan out. Some of that tolerance is because of a 
realizable hope for an increase in the basic understanding of LENR even if the 
effect is not as robust as claimed. In contrast, Rossi disappeared from 
relevance with negative, decreased understanding.

To that end, the one old lesson which is standing-out comes from a reanalysis 
of the original Widom Larsen work of 14 years ago. Admittedly, the big thing 
they got wrong was the ultra low momentum neutron but not the rest of it. That 
species now seems both imaginary and useless, but the two valuable insights 
which they got right are the surface plasmon interaction with protons and the 
need for framing a multi-step reaction to take the place of deuterium fusion. 
It is clear from Mizuno that his technique works with both protium and 
deuterium with no neutron activation, even after long runs at high power. 
Nuclear fusion is most unlikely, but not another kind of nuclear reaction.

IMHO, the main thing which W&L overlooked is the “cluster” of many atoms as 
being the key to the multi-step process  – and not some mysterious cold 
neutron. The cluster of many atoms bound together with borrowed electron energy 
can resonate with surface plasmons whereas the atoms themselves are much too 
small to couple. The energy which is released in a subsequent “Coulomb 
explosion” is then a type of nuclear binding energy modeled on QCD and the 
strong force. 

But at least nailing the surface plasmon step by W&L was a major advance… which 
was never capitalized on, and which Mizuno seems to have stumbled on in his 
experiment serendipitously.

As they say in Sapporo (or was that Paris) “chance favors the prepared mind.” 

If this pre-analysis is even half-way on target, Mizuno switched from glow 
discharge to incandescent photon input power pretty much by trial and error, or 
even by  accident or desperation; and he may not have realized at the time the 
importance of the palladium absorption anomaly in the red spectrum.

I’m anticipating a red hot July …

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