Thursday, June 21, 2007

Questionable Science Alert Part 2

The Weasel sent me this link to a paper describing the Coulomb explosion cited as the source for this heatless phenomenon.  Apparently, the "vaporize" in this context describes breaking the atomic lattice into what could be called atomic dust and does not refer to actually converting matter to energy ala e=mc^2 style (which would be quite powerful).  A read through the paper seems to indicate that the speed at which the atoms are bombarded, coupled with the short duration of contact, leads to a strong electromagnetic field instead of the heat that would usually occur.  Too bad the article didn't mention this, as it is much more plausible.