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Reality of tiny muoninc hydrogen-like atoms was demonstrated by the
analysis of their X-ray spactra. The idea of relying on such
short-lived atoms, to facilitate spontaneous fusion of hydrogen nuclei
(in tiny D2 molecules) was investigated Alvarz. Even without
complicating factors (mentioned above) the conclusion was that the
half-life of muons is too short for practical applications of the idea.
That was about 20 years ago.
Ludwik Kowalski, a retired physicist
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