Sunday, July 3, 2011

Interactions of charged particles on surfaces (pdf)

Interactions of charged particles on surfaces Nabil M. Lawandya_ Department of Physics and Division of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA _Received 5 October 2009; accepted 11 November 2009; published online 7 December 2009

Charges of the same polarity bound to a surface with a large dielectric contrast exhibit an attractive long-range Coulomb interaction, which leads to a two-particle bound state. Ensembles of like charges experience a collective long-range interaction, which results in compacted structures with interparticle separations that can be orders of magnitude smaller than the equilibrium separation of
the pair potential minimum. Simulations indicate that ensembles of surface bound nuclei, such as D or T, exhibit separations small enough to result in significant rates of fusion.

Significant rates of fusion.  A theory for low energy nuclear reactions?

In conclusion, it has been shown that a system of like
charges can bind on the surface of a high dielectric constant
interface leading to new two-dimensional charged species or
ions with the possibility of having bosonic properties in the
ground state.

This is over my head.  The reason this got my attention was that one of the videos that I have watched on the subject discussed "cold fusion" as a surface phenomenon.  This paper looks like it fits in with that observation.

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