NASA- Zawodny - USPTO Patent Application on LENRs No 20110255645 - Published Oct 20 2011
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A NASA LENR-related patent application that lists Dr. Joseph Zawodny as Inventor, senior staff physicist at NASA-LaRC, was published by the USPTO on October 20, 2011.

What is significant about this recently unveiled patent activity by a U.S. government agency is that NASA clearly believes that LENRs are real phenomena, that they are potentially commercially valuable for power generation applications, and that it is worth it for NASA to spend taxpayer dollars in an attempt to secure an early patent position for the U.S. government. In addition, careful reading of US #20110255645 makes it abundantly clear is that the device physics underlying NASA’s application is directly derived from the Widom-Larsen theory of LENRs. In fact, Lattice patent US #7,893,414 B2, “Apparatus and Method for Absorption of Incident Gamma Radiation and its Conversion to Outgoing Radiation at Less Penetrating, Lower Energies and Frequencies, Inventors: Lewis Larsen and Allan Widom, issued February 22, 2011, is cited in [0020] as prior art and incorporated in its entirety as part of NASA’s application.

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    NASA- Zawodny - USPTO Patent Application on LENRs No 20110255645 - Published Oct 20 2011 NASA- Zawodny - USPTO Patent Application on LENRs No 20110255645 - Published Oct 20 2011 Document Transcript

    • NASA files USPTO patent application on LENRsPatent application title: Method for Producing Heavy ElectronsInventors: Joseph M. Zawodny (Poquoson, VA, US)Assignees: USA as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministrationIPC8 Class: AG21B100FIUSPC Class: 376108Class name: Including accelerating particles into a stationary or static target (e.g., Cockcroft-Waltongenerator type)Publication date: 10/20/2011Patent application number: 20110255645Derived from: U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/317,379 dated March 25, 2010USPTO hyperlink to application: http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220110255645%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20110255645&RS=DN/20110255645A NASA LENR-related patent application that lists Dr. Joseph Zawodny as Inventor, senior staff physicistat NASA-LaRC, was published by the USPTO on October 20, 2011.What is significant about this recently unveiled patent activity by a U.S. government agency is that NASAclearly believes that LENRs are real phenomena, that they are potentially commercially valuable forpower generation applications, and that it is worth it for NASA to spend taxpayer dollars in an attempt tosecure an early patent position for the U.S. government. In addition, careful reading of US #20110255645makes it abundantly clear that the device physics underlying NASA’s application is directly derived fromthe Widom-Larsen theory of LENRs. In fact, Lattice patent US #7,893,414 B2, “Apparatus and Method forAbsorption of Incident Gamma Radiation and its Conversion to Outgoing Radiation at Less Penetrating,Lower Energies and Frequencies”, inventors: Lewis Larsen and Allan Widom, issued February 22, 2011,is cited in [0020] as prior art and incorporated in its entirety as part of NASA’s patent application.The following quotes taken directly from this application are instructive and very revealing:[0006] ...More recently, the energy associated with "low energy nuclear reactions" (LENR) has beenlinked to the production of heavy electrons. Briefly, this theory put forth by Widom and Larsen states thatthe initiation of LENR activity is due to the coupling of "surface plasmon polaritons" (SPPs) to a proton ordeuteron resonance in the lattice of a metal hydride. The theory goes on to describe the production ofheavy electron that undergo electron capture by a proton. This activity produces a neutron that issubsequently captured by a nearby atom transmuting it into a new element and releasing positive netenergy in the process. See A. Widom et al. "Ultra Low Momentum Neutron Catalyzed Nuclear Reactionson Metallic Hydride Surface," European Physical Journal C-Particles and Fields, 46, pp. 107-112, 2006,and U.S. Pat. No. 7,893,414 issued to Larsen et al. Unfortunately, such heavy electron production hasonly occurred in small random regions or patches of sample materials/devices. In terms of energygeneration or gamma ray shielding, this limits the predictability and effectiveness of the device. Further,random-patch heavy electron production limits the amount of positive net energy that is produced to limitthe efficiency of the device in an energy generation application.[0007] Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a method of making a device thatproduces heavy electrons.[0021] ...The present invention provides a method of making devices that can produce heavy electrons ina predictable/controllable fashion across an entire surface or volume of the device. In general, device 10includes a selected material system 12 that is incorporated onto/into a tuned structure 14 that supportspropagation of SPPs and resulting heavy electron production that is sustained by device 10 across and/orthrough the entirety thereof.[0025]... That is, once established, SPP resonance will be self-sustaining so that large power output-to-input ratios will be possible from device 10.