Akito Takahashi circulated a three-page report in
Japanese describing the ICCF13 conference, here:
Attached is a partial translation. I have left
out some details in the parts marked by ellipsis.
For example, readers here are familiar with the
Arata experiment so I did not bother to translate
the introduction to that. I do not understand
Section 5, which deals with theory, so I did not translate it.
In the section on Arata, the statement about the
D/Pd ratio exceeding 5 seems improbable to me.
Perhaps it is a mistake or a typo.
Regarding the 16 MeV alpha particles in section
4, I am not sure if unspecified origin is the
correct translation for the Japanese phrase
hasseigen mitokutei but it is something like that. Maybe undetermined?
Takahashi used a company name abbreviation
Toyota Chuuken which, through the magic of
Google and business magazine articles, I
determined is Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc.
I used the full name below.
Note that I did not attend the conference, and I
have no other information about it.
I am writing this in something of a rush because
it looks like a thunderstorm is coming and I have
to ride my bicycle home before it hits. I have
not checked this translation carefully.
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The ICCF13 conference was held last week (June 25
to July 1, 2007) in Sochi, Russia. . . .
Because of the difficulties getting visas and
traveling to Russia, attendance was lower than
previous ICCF conferences. There were 75
participants in total, 43 of them Russians, and
32 from other countries, including 12 Americans,
5 Japanese, 4 French, 3 Israelis, 2 British and
so on. . . . 45 papers were presented. The
proceedings will be published by World Scientific
as were the ICCF12 conference proceedings.
Regrettably, several prominent researchers were
unable to attend, including Peter Hagelstein, X.
Z. Li, G. H. Miley, M. Fleischmann, T. Chubb, Ed
Storms, J. Biberian, J. Dufour, Mel Miles, S.
Jones, V. Violante, Y. Iwamura, T. Mizuno, A.
Kitamura and H. Yamada. The smaller conference
did have one merit however: it allowed more
interaction and lively discussions among the
participants. . . . There were several
discussions of topics beyond the scope of the
conference such as ball lightening and anomalous
energy production. I shall ignore these reports.
The main purpose of the ICCF conferences is to
bring to the attention of the world the fact that
a clean source of nuclear heat energy has been
discovered and to determine the cause of this
energy in order to benefit humanity. The main
theme of this conference was to explore heat
production in the absence of neutrons and other
hard radiation. There were notable presentations
made by Siberia, Russia; Marseille U., France;
Frascati, and ENDEA, Italy; Energetics Technology
Corp., Israel; and SRI, U.S. Below are some of my impressions . . .
1) Excess heat (Arata method)
N. Armanet, a student with J. P. Biberians group
at Marseille U., gave a superb presentation
describing an Arata replication. In the Arata
method, nanoparticles of palladium (80 nm or
less) are loaded with deuterium gas that has been
passed through an outer palladium filter . . .
Armanet et al. measured considerable excess heat
using flow calorimetry. They are presently
experimenting with Pd nanoparticles (5 to 10 nm diameter) in ZrO2.
Along the same lines, F. Celanis group at
Frascati has begun Arata-style experiments. Using
Pd-black particles several tens of a nanometer in
diameter they have observed excess heat. Their
data indicates that the D/Pd ratio exceeds 5,
which exceeds the loading ratio observed by Arata himself.
In a collaborative research project with U.
Novasibirsk and Tomsk Inst. Of Technology, clear
evidence of excess heat from an Arata cell was
observed. This group is developing a physical
model to show how dynamic conditions in the PdD
lattice allow the deuterium to trigger nuclear fusion.
As shown above, excess heat from the the Arata
Pd/D system has been replicated and confirmed in
several different places. This was the highlight of the conference.
2) Excess heat from the Pd/D system Super-Wave electrolysis method
McKubre (SRI) reported results from a joint
research project with Energetics Technology,
ENEA, and SRI. Under conditions with a D/Pd
loading ratio of 0.95, roughly 60% excess heat
was produced. However, details were not reported
because of contractual obligations with the
research sponsor. The excess heat was accompanied
by He4 production, with 24 MeV/He energy in good correlation.
New data was reported by ENEA and Energetics
Technology Corp. They used innovative surface
treatments (complex nanostructures) and two kinds
of triggers: lasers (ENEA) and ultrasound
(Energetics Technology). ENEA has achieved 60%
reproducibility. Energetics has achieved high
excess heat with ultrasound . . . They showed
data with excess heat at 5 times input, and they
observed heat after death. However, they have not
succeeded in controlling the reaction well enough
to produce sustained, long-duration excess heat.
A group from Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc.
reported results from a replication of the
Iwamura (Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, MHI)
experiment. Using XPS spectroscopy, a peak that
was thought to be Mo turned out to be S
contamination. Regarding Pr, a weak peak that
suggested a transmutation from Cs was observed.
The data is still being analyzed and additional
research is called for. The deuterium permeation
rate was in the neighborhood of 1 sccm, whereas
in the MHI experiment it reached 3 sccm, so the conditions were not replicated.
Savvatimovas group from Moscow described a
deuterium glow discharge experiment with an La
cathode, in which transmutation with mass-8
increments was observed. An NaI spectrometer was
used to determine the energy spectrum gamma ray
emissions, and the half-life of the emitter was determined.
4) Nuclear reaction particle detection
The Lipson-Roussetski group from Moscow has
employed CR32 track detectors for many years. In
CMNS-type experiments they have determined the
charged particle emission spectra. They have
observed 4 16 MeV alpha particles (of
unspecified origin), and 3 MeV protons (from d-d;
2D reactions). Karabut reported he has detected
excess heat in D glow discharge experiments,
several gamma peaks, and what appears to be
bursts of x-rays from something like an x-ray
laser. He stated that transmutations have occurred.
5) Theoretical developments
[This section discusses theories by Takahashi, Chubb and Yabuuchi.]
While, as noted above, the conference this time
was somewhat smaller than previously, in terms of
content large results were reported. It is hoped
that condensed matter research will be increased,
ant that in ICCF14 (Washington DC, August or
October 2008) and ICCF15 (probably Catania,
Italy, 2009) and at other international
conferences these results will be discussed in
positive, significant discussions. Preprints and
PowerPoint slides from this conference will be
made available on the ISCMNS website.