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Cold fusion and the use of deuterium palladium as a neutron source[edit]

Palladium's hydrogen affinity also allows it to capture deuterium, a stable, non-radioactive isotope of hydrogen. This makes palladium useful in devices which use high-voltage electrical potential to initiate nuclear fusion events, for the purpose of neutron generation. Neutron generators which utilize deuterium-saturated palladium and electrically driven fusion power reactions, have existed since the 1930's. Werner Schutze obtained U.S. patent 2,240,914 for a neutron-producing fusion tube, which employed a deuterium-saturated palladium plate, on May 6, 1941.[1] Deuterium which has been absorbed into palladium's crystal lattice is termed Pycnodeuterium.

The section above was put into the article and for me it is dubious. You get neutrons from a discharge on deuterium adsorbed into the palladium? A real expert in nuclear physics has to have a look. --Stone (talk) 10:52, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

This does not require an expert. See Fusor and Muon-catalyzed fusion. Ever since the Pons and Fleischman experiment in 1989, the term "cold fusion" has been in disrepute. From the 1930s to the 1960s it was a serious subject of research, on the hypothesis that it might me an important energy source. Then in 1964 Philo T. Farnsworth perfected his Farnsworth Fusor, still considered an important laboratory device for generating neutrons with a cheap tabletop device. Teenagers have won science-fair competitions building these things. It's not that much different from building your own laser, or a model rocket that can go all the way up to the stratosphere. This is not "gee whiz" science. The kind of fusion involved is similar to what the sun had going for the first few million years: easily fusible deuterium, which occurs naturally in water. Nuclear bombs and the sun today involve something very different. Zyxwv99 (talk) 16:08, 12 June 2016 (UTC)


Iron Man reference[edit]

In the movie Iron Man 2, this element was the source of fuel for his chest reactor. Could this be referenced as a note or something? (talk) 10:29, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Added :) Anu Raj (talk) 15:42, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Link needed to disambiguate the chemical element from the Palladium (classical antiquity)[edit]

Onerock (talk) 17:06, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Popular culture[edit]

Is this important for the palladium article: "In the 2010 Hollywood movie Iron Man 2, it reveals the power source embedded in the protagonist's chest is slowly poisoning him with palladium." I think no, because this is only fantasy. --Alchemist-hp (talk) 00:36, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

I concur. Imagine how this is going to end up for Pu! Furthermore Pd is not actually a very poisonous metal, so it has little to do with reality.
A good example of this sort of thing, which I would keep, is the reference to Asimov's Sucker Bait in Be, whose toxicity is the main plot point and is real (not just made up for the plot). (Incidentally, beryllium is almost a godsend to SF writers, for whom all the Victorian novel diseases would have been cured...) Double sharp (talk) 01:32, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

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