Evidence for Nuclear Reactions in Imploding Bubbles

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Science  08 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5561, pp. 1850
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070165

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Nuclear fusion powers the Sun, but controlled fusion reactions on Earth usually require large accelerators or large magnetic or laser-implosion devices. In his Perspective, Becchetti highlights the report by Taleyarkhan et al., who provide evidence for fusion reactions in a "table-top" sonoluminescence device. If confirmed, this approach may soon enable researchers to study nuclear fusion and other nuclear reactions with relative ease in their laboratories.