There is a lot of just debate and absolute problems with thermometry - even DGT ran into problems and deep 'questions' with its implementation of mass flow calorimetry, other researchers are having real problems making MFC configurations that work well at sustained temperatures if 1350ºC. Denis Vasilenko should be commended for his cost effective approach and we hope to have more clarity soon on how it was achieved.
One way around the power assessment challenge, is to have elemental / isotopic analysis done of the fuel and ash from experiments that show promise. The MFMP is, in part, taking this route and currently has samples with independent testers which contain, amongst other randomly indexed vials, samples of the ash from the *GlowStick* GS3 run. We are expecting some results back by second week in August 2015 - so nail biting time. Multiple vials were randomly indexed and prepared into sets that were then masked so contents could not be viewed by the shipping intermediary. The intermediary chose which sample set to send to the independent testers. After the testers report their results, the source of the samples will reveal the key to the encrypted passworded compressed file that you can download here:
Testing using ICP-MS or SIMs is great, but is there a faster way to test for evidence of a recent nuclear reaction? One that replicators can use immediately. Following a visit to Piantelli in January and the rejection of Rossi's patent by the USPTO, MFMP volunteer Bob Greenyer did a thought experiment assuming Piantelli theory. Now of course, this is only one theory, but it does appear to account for the changes in Lugano and Parkhomov ash.
In this thought experiment, we can see that most of the intermediaries are extremely short lived isotopes, that is, after just a short time, say 30 mins, there will be no measurable emissions above background when tested with say an affordable geiger counter, and many of the replicators do not have the funds to afford a spectrometer. Even then the energies of particles may not penetrate the apparatus. So what to do?
Well - how about making/buying a cloud chamber? The idea then being to as soon as you want to shut down your experiment/it fails, you get a big fan and actively cool it as FAST as you can, cut open and put a sample in the cloud chamber and look for traces - any traces - 1 would do! Then take a photo and share! Ideally, you want to have it in the cloud chamber in 5 mins. The decay of 61Cu to 61Ni - provides the longest potential half life - if indeed it occurs.
Here is a $30 + Shipping kit to buy - Cloud Chamber Kit
but really since you need to source the alcohol and dry ice anyway, you can make your own.
If someone already has a check source, then it would be great to see what you can come up with.
Here is a how to video