LENR in CFL Light Bulbs?
|March 14, 2013||Posted by Jack Cole under Widom-Larsen|
Update: This has been refuted by the fact that it is just a filtering process of the mercury rather than isotopic shifts (12/5/14).
Lewis Larsen of Lattice Energy, LLC and co-author of the Widom-Larsen theory of LENR, speculates that LENR may be taking place in compact florescent bulbs used in millions of households worldwide. Forbes has an article describing Dr. Larsen’s speculations on research finding unusual isotopic distributions of mercury in analyses performed on the bulbs after their use. Jeff McMahon writes in the article:
“Unbeknownst to the general public, dynamically active nuclear processes are presently occurring in tens of millions of households worldwide,” Larsen told me.
“Fortunately, there aren’t any radiological health risks associated with CFLs because no hard radiation is emitted from them, ” Larsen said, “ and no environmentally hazardous, long-lived radioactive isotopes are typically created by LENRs (low energy nuclear reactions).”
Larsen has suspected low energy nuclear reactions occur in CFLs, he told me, and is encouraged by a February study of used bulbs that found isotopes of mercury that more conventional theories cannot explain.
It seems hasty to conclude that LENR is taking place in these bulbs, and it might be better for Larsen to use more qualifiers when he speaks (e.g., could, maybe, possibly). That said, it would certainly be interesting if the proof needed to confirm LENR resides in something as common as a CFL bulb. Fortunately, Larsen does qualify his statements more later in the article.
“If this outstanding new data is substantiated by further experimentation, it provides yet more proof that LENRs are likely to be a truly ‘green,’ safe nuclear technology.”
Larsen hopes to demonstrate that low-energy nuclear reactions are safe, green and commonplace in part to distinguish them from fission reactions that produce dangerous ionizing radiation in conventional reactors. He has found evidence of LENRs occurring in lithium-ion batteries, catalytic converters, and naturally in bacterial processes and lightning.
It’s not difficult to imagine an experiment to explore this matter further. Simply perform before and after isotopic analyses on the bulbs. If the isotopic distribution of mercury after using the bulbs is different from the analysis before using them, then you have some strong evidence of transmutation. Hopefully, this can be followed up on by researchers capable of such analyses. Apparently the authors of the study did compare unused to used bulbs (see chart below).