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Old October 12 2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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Cold Fusion Reactors

In Trek, Fusion Reactors are mentioned here, there and everywhere. But I was wondering if they use Cold Fusion. I tried looking up Cold Fusion on Memory Alpha but got nothing.

Any ideas?
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Old October 12 2012, 08:07 AM   #2
Re: Cold Fusion Reactors

Backstage sources suggest that the compression necessary for fusing the positively charged nuclei in starship reactors is achieved by "fusion initiators" (TNG Tech Manual pp.76-77), resulting in a "conventional P-P fusion reaction". This creates a "standing pulsed fusion shock" which supposedly keeps up the compression.

This is all backstage talk, not evident on screen. Even then, we have no idea whether the proton-proton fusion there involves high or low temperatures, or how the initiators are supposed to work. Forcefield compression to high pressure? Phaser pulses to high temperature? Something more conventional, or more exotic? For all we know, the fusion process might be a refined and elegant one, indeed "cold" by today's standards.

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Old October 13 2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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Re: Cold Fusion Reactors

People just can't let it go:

This is most likely a chemical reaction. Some news on that front:

This is interesting
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Old October 13 2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Re: Cold Fusion Reactors

^Star Trek is a fictional future. Absolutely no reason cold fusion might not work in that setting.
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