Bubble Fusion

Bubble fusion, also known as sonofusion, is the non-technical name for a nuclear fusion reaction hypothesized to occur inside extraordinarily large collapsing gas bubbles created in a liquid during acoustic cavitation. Rusi Taleyarkhan and collaborators claimed to have observed evidence of sonofusion in 2002. The claim was quickly surrounded by controversy, including allegations ranging from experimental error to academic fraud. Subsequent publications which followed, which claimed independent verification of sonofusion were also highly controversial. Taleyarkhan was found to have engaged in falsification of independent verification, and to have included people on his papers who weren't aware of it by an investigation by Purdue University. He was subsequently stripped of his professorship. One of his funders, the Office of Naval Research reviewed the report by Purdue, and deemed that the behaviour was "so severe as to merit debarment".

Read more about Bubble FusionOriginal Experiments, Oak Ridge Failed Replication, Subsequent Reports of Replication, Doubts Prompt Investigation

Other articles related to "bubble fusion, fusion, bubble":

Bubble Fusion - Doubts Prompt Investigation
... with neutrons produced by the proposed fusion reaction and instead highly consistent with neutrons produced by the radioactive decay of a Californium ... In a March 9, 2006 article entitled "Evidence for bubble fusion called into question", Nature interviewed several of Taleyarkhan's colleagues who suspected something was amiss ... issues and had nothing to do with the discovery of bubble nuclear fusion or the underlying science, and that "all allegations of fraud and fabrication have been dismissed as invalid ...

Famous quotes containing the words fusion and/or bubble:

    Sadism and masochism, in Freud’s final formulation, are fusions of Eros and the destructive instincts. Sadism represents a fusion of the erotic instincts and the destructive instincts directed outwards, in which the destructiveness has the character of aggressiveness. Masochism represents the fusion of the erotic instincts and the destructive instincts turned against oneself, the aim of the latter being self-destruction.
    Patrick Mullahy (b. 1912)

    While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily
    thickening to empire,
    And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out,
    and the mass hardens,
    Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962)