The TRM has recently been successful in fitting calorimetric data having interesting nonlinear structure. The model appears to provide a natural description for electrolytic cold fusion in terms of ‘‘fractals’’. Extended to the time dimension, the model can apparently account for the phenomenon of heat ‘‘bursts’’. The TRM combines a transmission condition involving quantized energies and an engergy shift of a Maxwell‐Boltzmann energy distribution of deuterons at the cathodic surface that appears related to the concentration overpotential (hydrogen overvoltage). The model suggest three possible regimes vis‐a‐vis tritium production in terms of this energy shift, and indicates why measurable tritium production in the electrolytic case will tend to be the exception rather than the rule in absence of a recipe: Below a shift of approximately 2.8 meV there is production of both tritium and measureable excess heat, with the possibility of accounting for the Bockris curve indicating about a 1% correlation between excess heat and tritium. However, over the large range from about 2.8 meV to 340 meV energy shift there is a regime of observable excess heat production but little, and probably no measurable, tritium production. The third regime is more hypothetical: It begins at an energy shift of about 1 keV and extends to the boundaries of ‘‘hot’’ fusion at about 10 keV. A new type of nucelar reaction, trint (for transmission resonance‐induced neutron transfer), is suggested by the model leading to triton and neutron production.
A charge distribution ‘‘polarization conjecture’’ is the basis for theoretical derivation for the low‐energy limit for an energy‐dependent branching ratio for D‐on‐D. When the values of the parameters are inserted, this expression yields an estimate for the ratio of neutron‐to‐triton production of about 1.64×10− 9. The possibility of some three‐body reactions is also suggested. A comparison of the TRM’s transmission energy levels for palladium deuteride and titanium deuteride is interesting when compared to recent data on neutron emission by Zelenskii. Theoretical work relating the TRM to stoichiometric considerations appear to enhance the significance of this hypothetical model.
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