muon-catalyzed fusion


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muon-catalyzed fusion

[¦myü‚än ‚kad·ə¦līzd ′fyü·zhən]
(nuclear physics)
Nuclear fusion that occurs quickly at normal temperatures when the reacting nuclei are bound in an exotic molecule, containing in addition a positively charged muon.
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But if Fleischmann's and Pons' version of "cold fusion" isn't just "a horrible chain of misinterpretations and accidents" -- which Fleischmann acknowledged as a possibility in an interview with SCIENCE NEWS -- even this so-called muon-catalyzed fusion may join the ranks of good ideas put to rest by better ones.
Monkhorst, an expert in muon-catalyzed fusion at the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Cold fusion, or muon-catalyzed fusion,is an unconventional approach to nuclear-fusion power that suddenly looks promising due to recent experimental surprises.