Scientists are no closer to harnessing fusion for generating power than they were before the term "cold fusion" became commonplace just over two months ago, researchers concluded in Santa Fe, N.
On March 31 they claimed to have found a room-temperature route to minuscule levels of nuclear fusion.
LTX Corporation (Nasdaq: LTXX), a leading provider of semiconductor test solutions, today announced that Texas Instruments (TI) has purchased and deployed its Fusion EX test system into volume production.
TI has currently installed Fusion EX at various facilities, and is testing several of its automotive, wireless, DSP and ASIC products on the system.
Hagelstein outlines a theory that he says could explain how pairs of deuterium nuclei can fuse inside the palladium metal lattice into highly excited helium nuclei without then either fragmenting or giving off high-energy gamma-rays -- the results of such fusions when they occur at superhigh temperatures in plasmas.
His theory suggests cosmic rays or other particles trigger chains of fusions inside a palladium lattice.
Renesas will use its new fleet of Fusions to test its power management chipset as well as video devices.
After a thorough evaluation of Fusion and competitive offerings, Renesas selected Fusion, citing the tester's scalability and performance as key reasons for its decision.
Particularly troubling is the indirect means they used for detecting neutrons of specific energies, an observation that physicists say would provide the strongest evidence for the occurrence of deuterium nuclei fusions.
His March 31 announcement -- and sketchier fusion reports by scientists in Hungary and at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.
Inertial-confinement fusion uses pellets of solid fuel that receive blasts of laser light or accelerated particles to induce fusions in them.
Controlled thermonuclear fusion promises to supply a significant portion of the world's electricity by the middle of the 21st century, according to Starpower, a report issued last week by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), which advises Congress on scientific and technical matters.
Frank suggested that the subatomic particles called muons might be able to catalyze nuclear fusions
, but it seemed at the time that the efficiency of the reaction, the number of fusions
that an individual muon could accomplish, was too low to be practically interesting.