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April 1, 2013 7:21 AM UTC
Alchemy? Scientists Discover Method for Selectively Creating Elements
from Fissile Mass Fragments
Scientists working with results from experiments
on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) via the European Organization for Nuclear
Research (CERN) facility in Geneva, which straddles the border between Switzerland
and France, have announced a finding that may eclipse headline efforts to verify
the existence of the Higgs boson (God particle) - that elusive,. long-sought-after
high-energy particle that completes the Standard model of nuclear physics by explaining
how transitions between mass and energy occur. While sifting through gigabytes of
data recorded for collisions registering in the teraelectron-volt realm, French
researcher and Nobel Prize laureate Avril DeJourpremiér of the Université Blaise-Pascal,
along with her team of postgraduate students Dubna První of the University of Ostrava,
Czech Republic, and Einvier Zweitausenddreizehn of University of Heidelberg, discovered
a surprisingly simple method for selectively generating fissile mass fragments of
readily available heavy radioisotopes such as uranium-235 (U235). Under normal circumstances
U235 (atomic number 92), which is used extensively for thermonuclear weapons in
its highly enriched form (U235/U238 >= 0.85) and, for nuclear power generation
in its less concentrated form, splits into two particles of unequal mass such as
cesium-137 (Cs137, atomic number 55) and strontium-90 (Sr90, atomic number 38),
both of which are highly unstable and themselves decay into other radioactive elements.
The missing mass is released in the form of energy per Einstein's famous e=mc²
equation. In their stable forms, both of those elements (Sc and Sr) are relatively
abundant in nature and supplies are plentiful.
The Dejourpremiér team has determined that by controlling the angle and phase
vector of a particle beam tuned to the anti-resonant frequency of a particular element's
isotope, a uranium-235 nucleus can be selectively split so that one of the mass
fragments has that element's atomic number; e.g., gold-202 (Au202, atomic number
79) along with aluminum-32 (Al32, atomic number 13). Conveniently, the mass-to-energy
conversion is practically identical to that of the U235 --> Cs137|Sr90 fission,
meaning that it would be useful in nuclear power generation while potentially supplying
a limitless supply of gold and other precious metals used in manufacturing and jewelry.
Creating a silver byproduct involves tuning the laser to yield silver-109 (Ag109,
atomic number 47) and rhodium-125 (Rh125, atomic number 45), but the mass-to-energy
conversion of that process is only 25% that of gold. Uranium-235 during its naturally
occurring decomposition tends to produce two atoms of vastly different masses as
with cesium|strontium and gold|aluminum, so achieving the silver|rhodium split has
a very low probability and requires more energy to be pumped into the reaction than
what is yielded as a result of the fission.
The key to determining fissile fragments is the mass-to-energy ratio of complex
molecules that make up the particle beam, combined with the Fermi refractive index
of the target nuclei. Yielding gold (Au) and aluminum (Al) byproducts, for instance,
requires the use of a sulfur (S), astatine (At), and nitrogen (N) molecule of particular
proportions to be revealed during public disclosure. A silver (Ag) and rhodium (Rh)
reaction requires, specifically, a stream of lutetium (Lu), carbon (C), Iodine (I),
fluorine (F), and erbium (Er) molecules.
The radioisotopes of gold and silver possess half-lives of approximately 1.6
x 10^10 seconds (500 years), so their application in industrial products with expected
service lives of less than twenty-five years (cell phones, computers, toys, non-collectible
jewelry) could potentially supplant the supply of ground-mined gold being used in
today's processes. The team of investigators is working feverishly to determine
whether other readily-available fissile isotopes would yield the silver|rhoduim
split with a greater than break-even result and with isotopes that do not exhibit
instability. Unlike the radiative energy released by the standard fission of U238,
these tuned byproducts do not produce levels of ionizing radiation high enough to
harm human tissue, bone, or organ cells. If successful, this miracle of modern day
alchemy would have a profound impact on the precious metals market because those
resources would no longer be "scarce."
Once full results are published in an upcoming edition of
there will undoubtedly be a worldwide rush to optimize the fission process to refine
and ultimately commercialize the products. Patents applications have been filed
with all major national and regional patent offices. Rumor has it that the team
stands to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and in Chemistry at
this year's meeting in December in Oslo, Norway, with this being the first
time in the history of the awards that a team of researchers has been simultaneously
awarded prizes in two categories.
John Bardeen, co-inventor of the transistor,
is the only laureate to win same the prize category twice (physics in 1956 and 1972).
Marie Curie is the only other person to win
two awards (physics in 1903, chemistry in 1911).
Market and industry experts consulted on the discovery express a degree of cautious
optimism over the announcement, but in the smoke-filled board rooms of investment
firms plans are being laid for what could be a significant paradigm shift in modern
financial and manufacturing markets. Precious metals traders have much to lose if
a newfound abundance drives down historically high price levels for a wealth protection
and leveraging device that is no longer a limited commodity. Talking up the dangers
of "radioactive gold" has already begun in order to protect current hoards and to
give inside players time to strategize effective methods to unload if necessary.
'Alchemy' may soon be the defensive buzz word du jour. Electronics industry materials
scientists and engineers say the availability of tailored metals (metallurgy) at
low cost will translate into highly improved electronics and electrical devices
due to the high conductivity of gold and silver, and the oxidation-free nature of
gold which assures reliable contacts in electrical connectors. High temperature
superconductors would also benefit from low mass production costs, potentially negating
the need to build new power generation plants by significantly reducing losses in
transmission lines and transformers. The world awaits a verdict.
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