Many vorticians are familiar with Gilson’s paper on quantum coupling. He
looks at the significance of ‘alpha’ when reduced to  geometry (topology)
which seems to be something that everyone can grasp more easily than the
formalism – a spherical polygon of 137 sides. 

One can imagine a dense cluster - an isomer of hydrogen containing 137
atoms, for instance.

Dr. James Gilson's web site is 
and he proposes this value for alpha:

29 cos({pi}/137) tan({pi}/(137×29)) / {pi}

The long and short of this is that Gilson thinks that the value 29 has a
substantial significance for evaluating
quantum coupling constants via the fine-structure-constant. The 3 values
required are pi, 137, and 29.

Does this insight have any connection to LENR if we assume that this field
is based on QM reactions instead of thermonuclear? Specifically, is it
totally coincidental then that copper – element 29 is seen as a
transmutation product in a number of LENR experiments including Rossi, the
Cincinnati group, Pd-d, Ni-h, etc ?

It is easy to opine that there is no logical or scientific connection,
Gilson notwithstanding – and in truth it sounds silly seeing it verbalized
this way, since the simplest connection is by virtue of copper’s proximity
to nickel in the periodic table and/or the ubiquity of the element in metal
refining, or the ubiquity as an electrical conductor (if there is no LENR).
And why would ‘only protons’ and not neutrons or the combination of both –
relate to enhanced probability of QM-based nuclear reactions?

Short answer to that last question = the EMC effect – or rather one of the
newer versions of said effect where quark coherence becomes a factor. This
is still a long way off from a workable hypothesis, for something like the
Rossi reaction where copper shows up with little evidence of beta decay. But
the general idea is that proton clusters of “pycno” are formed from
spillover via a catalyst, and often accumulated in clusters of exactly 137
atoms which are geometrically favored due to the influence of fine-structure
and/or another variable – and that this kind of template somehow interacts
by tunneling with nickel in such a way to encourage the transmutation to
copper – which is favored in a bijective transform (Laplace) on occasion,
but at higher probability than expected. 

IOW – this hypothesis is too bizarre to mention in polite company, and you
will only hear it on Vortex. But it is shaping up in a couple of ways that
seem promising, if not internally consistent (at least for the fringe of
fizzix ).


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