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    AvatarJolly Roger
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    In the Wikepedia article on Dr. Bussard, there is an uncited mention that Bismuth may act as a catalyst for the proton-proton fusion reaction. Does anyone have any more information on this? Could this have any implications for Focus Fusion?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussard#Bussard_Ramjet

    … Daniel Whitmire, … (now at University of SW Louisiana), conceived of the idea of catalyzing the PP reaction by use of intermediate nuclear states of bismuth, which he found increased the effective fusion reaction cross-section for PP fusion by 16 orders of magnitude. …

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