2H-induced reactions and scattering
Atom, molecule, and ion impact
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary A general scheme is proposed for the interpretation of the phenomena involving low-energy hydrogen-isotope fusion. This scheme is especially developed for the interpretation of the fusion rate observed after the impact of heavy-water clusters (D2O) n , 25≲n≲1350, onto targets of titanium deuteride TiD. It is shown that 1) the impinging energy of large clusters or molecules is equiparted among a lot of target atoms which are brought in collective motion; 2) data can conveniently be represented in an Arrhenius plot; 3) this plot suggests that fusion is a thermally activated process from a metastable precursor; 4) the activation energy for the precursor formation isE *≃2E 0 (E 0 being the electron binding energy in the hydrogen atom), and 5) the activated precursor can reasonably be identified with the metastable binuclear heliumlike (D+D+)2e− atom.
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