Calculated fusion rates in isotopic hydrogen molecules

@article{Koonin1989CalculatedFR,
  title={Calculated fusion rates in isotopic hydrogen molecules},
  author={Steven E. Koonin and Michael Nauenberg},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1989},
  volume={339},
  pages={690-691}
}
COLD fusion occurs when two nuclei with very small relative energy tunnel through their mutual Coulomb barrier to initiate a nuclear reaction. The phenomenon is well studied in muon-catalysed fusion1–4, where a relatively massive muon replaces an electron in a diatomic molecule of hydrogen isotopes, enhancing the binding and producing cold-fusion rates of ∼1012 s−1. Cold fusion is also believed to occur as pycno-nuclear reactions in certain astrophysical environments5. Recent reports of cold… 
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