NASA’s Zawodny on a New Experiment
|May 24, 2012||Posted by Jack Cole under NASA - Zawodny|
Joseph Zawodny in a video by NASA’s Langley Research Center, describes a new experimental design and apparatus for studying LENR from the perspective of the Widom-Larsen theory. It’s a short video that doesn’t have many details, about the setup, but apparently a new chip has been designed to run many different experiments simultaneously on a small chip.
I’m working on a form of nuclear power that is apparently very scalable and very clean. In working here at NASA, you’re exposed to a lot of different things, and I became aware of a new theory–the Widom-Larsen theory about three years ago now that appears to explain why you can use the weak force to get at nuclear power in a completely different way. Had been working with Lewis Larsen, one of the authors of the paper to understand the theory. The way we’re looking at this is to take and add just a neutron to an element to increase it’s mass slightly. By this binding energy, involved again, that’s released in the form of nuclear energy. The key here is how do you produce the neutron? That’s the exciting thing that’s becoming more and more evident from the work in the last 20 years. What we’re trying to do is a physics experiment to determine if the Widom-Larson theory is at least in part correct.
He then goes on to describe the experiment in general detail noting that it has strengths that previous experiments have not had, and will go a long way to address criticisms of previous results. He also notes that he sees this technology as having potentially world-changing implications. From what I can tell, it doesn’t appear that the study has been conducted yet, but it looks to be a very interesting approach.