IDA is an open science platform, whose mission is to become the trusted hub for the emerging field of solid-state nuclear science.
Solid-state nuclear science lies at the intersection of quantum dynamics, nanostructured materials and nuclear physics and is concerned with the interplay of the molecular, atomic, and sub-atomic scales.
Where did this field come from? A full historical account deserves a whole blog post to itself, but in short we can say the following:
Solid-state environments have long been considered rich in their dynamics. For the longest time, the atomic nucleus was considered as merely a passive observer - like a cork bobbing up and down in a pool of water. However, as early as the 1930’s scientists showed that, at least in principle, the weakly connected atomic and sub-atomic scales could in fact influence each other (Breit 1937). Interest in such effects was accelerated by reports, in the late 1980s and 1990s, of experimental anomalies in metal-hydride systems (often dubbed cold fusion and LENR). While not all of those reports live up to our scientific standards, we believe that collectively they represent a body of formal and informal knowledge not to be ignored. Indeed this knowledge has since gone on to stimulate rigorous development in theory, materials and concepts which together define a scientific field (see about page for more details).
At Project Ida, we believe that in order to progress solid-state nuclear science as quickly as possible, we need to tap into the vast wealth of experience and resources that already exist in the scientific community. To this end, the work at Project Ida will primarily seek to:
Organize and assess existing knowledge
Create accessible original research and commentary
Facilitate novel lines of investigation
Enjoy exploring our site, where you can learn more about us and our motivations, the story behind the name Ida, some great literature to get you started, our current research and thoughts about various topics in our blog.