SEARCH FOR CHARGED-PARTICLE d – d FUSION PRODUCTS IN AN ENCAPSULATED Pd THIN FILM

A thesis submitted to the faculty of
San Francisco State University
in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the
degree
 

Master of Science
in
Physics
 

by

Efraín López

San Francisco, California

August, 1992

 

An attempt to detect charged-particle products of  d – d  (deuteron-deuteron) fusion in an encapsulated Pd thin film was carried out.  The 3400 Å palladium film was evaporated on top of a nuclear semiconductor detector and encapsulated with silicon nitride.  It was implanted with 40 keV deuterons to a stoichiometry of PdDx where x >= 1.  Two runs were done with the first giving apparent charged particle pulses some of which are shown in the text.  In the second run the film appeared to break during the implant.