Evidence for Nuclear Emissions During Acoustic Cavatation

The report by R. P. Taleyarkhan et al. of observations of tritium decay and neutron emissions associated with the collapse of tiny bubbles in deuterated acetone -- and the possibility that those observations may have arisen from fusion reactions within the imploding bubbles -- has generated substantial attention. In the 8 March 2002 issue of Science, we present the research article by Taleyarkhan et al., as well as three associated items: a Perspective by F. D. Becchetti describing the research and its significance; a news article by Charles Seife on some of the controversy stoked by the paper; and an editorial by Science's Editor in Chief, Donald Kennedy, on why Science decided that "publication is the best option."

  • R. P. Taleyarkhan et al., Evidence for Nuclear Emissions During Acoustic Cavitation, Science295, 1868 (2002)
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  • F. Becchetti, Evidence for Nuclear Reactions in Imploding Bubbles, Science295, 1850 (2002)
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    (in Perspectives)


  • C. Seife, "Bubble Fusion" Paper Generates a Tempest in a Beaker, Science295, 1808 (2002)
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  • D. Kennedy, To Publish or Not to Publish, Science295, 1793 (2002)
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    (in Editorials)