Andrea Rossi and a professor have published a new academic paper on the theory behind the eCat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device. The paper purports to show how the e-cat produces heat and generates energy without creating radiation. It is apparently based upon the results of the Lugarno e-cat test from October, 2014.

On the Nuclear Mechanisms Underlying the Heat Production by the “E-Cat” was written by Rossi and Norman D. Cook and posted at Arxiv.org a forum for preprint science papers associated with Cornell University. Note: Cook is not a physics professor as Rossi had previously claimed. Instead he teaches informatics or the science of computer information systems at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan.

Norman D. Cook lectures at the 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion in Columbia, Missouri, in July 2014

The University’s own website states that Cook’s research fields are neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and experimental psychology. Cook has been a professor of Informatics at Kansai since 1995. He is listed as reaching harmony perception. Cook’s homepage shows that he is researching a variety of subjects including nuclear structure, harmony perception, triadic cognition, general systems theory,  reverse perspective, tone of voice and mind and a variety of other subjects some related to psychology.

Muse Campus of Kansai University, Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan

Cook is also the author of a book called Models of the Atomic Nucleus: Unification through a Lattice of Nucleons which is available through Amazon.com. E-Cat World reported that Rossi apparently a fan of that book and of Cook’s work.

From my layperson’s perspective it looks as if Rossi is trying to discern exactly where the reaction in ecat comes from and how it works. He’s also trying to work out the source of LENR in general. The authors admit that we all have a lot to learn about such reactions in this intriguing sentence:

Is LENR easier than we thought? Rossi seems to think so

“For technological exploitation, it may be sufficient to mimic the materials and protocols that have made that possible (e.g., Parkhomov [4]), but the huge diversity of conditions that have been reported in the “cold fusion” literature for 26 years suggest that there may exist general LENR mechanisms that have not yet been identified.”

Those words make it sound as if Rossi believes LENR is fairly easy to achieve given the right conditions. As Parkhomov’s experiments in Russia have shown. He also shows that it could take little energy to produce a reaction under the proper conditions.

Norman D. Cook courtesy Kansai University

“Here, we argue that femtometer level LENR can occur in isotopes with low-lying excited-states, provided that an appropriate, Angstrom-level molecular environment has been created.”

I’m no physicist but that sounds as if Rossi and Cook believe that anybody with some knowledge of physics and the right equipment and materials can achieve a low energy nuclear reaction. If that’s true we will probably see many claims of successful LENR and excess heat production in the years to come. For those of you who understand physics please read Rossi’s paper and draw your own conclusions. Hopefully somebody will be able to replicate Rossi’s results using the data provided here.