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With the caveat that I never did proper nuclear physics, I have a very hard time seeing how the chemical bonds in a palladium matrix can overcome the sort of potentials you would need to overcome to get a hydrogen isotope nucleus close enough to fuse with a tungsten nucleus. The deuterium should be facing an unshielded 10+ elemental charge Coulomb potential long before it gets close enough to have a non-trivial probability of tunneling through it. The sort of energy you need to overcome that potential barrier is sufficient to tear apart the crystal lattice a thousand times over.

For that matter, I have a very hard time seeing how you can do any of that without getting at the very least hard x-rays when the electron structure re-settles.

So even though I haven't solved the quantum mechanic equations to conclusively prove that it's impossible, it is not something I would bet money on.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 11:19:58 AM EST
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