Cold fusion won’t go away and perhaps rightly so. Numerous groups have reported idiosyncratic behaviour of palladium hydrides sitting in heavy water when a current passes through them. Many of these experiments are said to be repeatable.
Of course, serious questions remain over what exactly is going on in these experiements. They may or may not involve fusion but either way, something interesting will have to be dreamt up to explain many of the results.
These days cold fusion goes by the name of LENR (low energy nuclear reactions). And Allan Widom from Northeastern University in Boston and a couple of mates have taken the trouble to spell out how they think the electroweak force may be behind one class of these reactions.
They say that the well known decay of a neutron into a proton and an electron is mediated by the electroweak force. And that the reaction can be reversed to turn electrons and protons into neutrons, a process that would also result in nuclear transmutation, which in turn my be responsible for the release of excess heat and of nuclear by-products. Both of these things are claimed to be seen in LENR experiments.
Surely it’s time we bury the hatchets on this one and start working out exactly what is going on in LENRs. No?
Ref: arxiv.org/abs/0810.0159: A Primer for Electro-Weak Induced Low Energy Nuclear Reactions