It has recently been argued that inverse-beta nuclear transmutations might occur at an impressively high rate in a thin layer at a metallic hydride surface under specific conditions. In this note we present a calculation of the transmutation rate, which shows that there is little room for such a remarkable effect.
Low energy neutron production by inverse β decay in metallic hydride surfaces / S., Ciuchi; Maiani, Luciano; Polosa, ANTONIO DAVIDE; Riquer, Veronica; Ruocco, Giancarlo; Vignati, Marco. - In: THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS. - ISSN 1434-6044. - STAMPA. - 72:10(2012). [10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2193-9]