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If they have fusion, then they have high-energy particles. High-energy neutrons, gamma rays, hard x-rays, high-energy electrons, that kind of stuff. The most obvious would be to look for those, because many of them don't come from a lot of other terrestrial sources (gamma rays excepted, but if you energy-resolve those, it should be possible to remove the background unless you're fatally unlucky and the radiation is in the same energy interval as the potassium background).

That they have helium is good. That they have excess heat... well, I'm less impressed by that. Heat just proves that Something Happens, not necessarily that it is fusion.

To "catalyse" fusion... Well, Conventional Wisdom says that chemical processes are several orders of magnitude too small in terms of the energy involved to perceptibly change the interaction potential between nuclei. I'd have to read their actual technical description in some detail to know whether they have a convincing case against the Conventional Wisdom. And I have neither the time nor the inclination (nor, I think, the competence) to do that, so I will leave it to the professionals.

I wish them luck, by all means, but I won't be betting money on it...

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu May 29th, 2008 at 03:38:06 AM EST
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