YECs are very interested in mechanism of accelerated nuclear decay. Ironically, so is the mainstream in order to find better methods of dealing with nuclear waste instead of burying it underground (or worse putting it in containers and tossing it in the sea). Here is a breaking development published in a peer-reviewed article in 2013:
a pre-print of the work is available here:
One notable highlight was that nuclear decay was accelerated by a factor of 6-trillion!
In other words, the half-life of 232U in the laser field is 5 μ s instead of 69 years.
This was hypothesized even in the 90’s
It is shown that, using laser irradiation, it is feasible to accelerate nuclear transitions in U-235m by several orders of magnitude. A novel internal resonance conversion mechanism is proposed, which involves the excitation of an electron to a discrete level. The differences in resonance between the electron and the nuclear transitions can be compensated by a suitable choice of the laser-radiation frequency.
Laser energy is electromagnetic in nature, but even pure bursts of electrical energy such as lightning can accelerate nuclear decay. That was a topic of a term paper I prepared for my physics professor and a class presentation. That paper began my exploration into these matters. I thought my physics professor was going to take my head off for such a radical proposal, but to my surprise, there is mainstream theoretical and empirical support for such ideas. I summarized my term paper here:
If the YECs can make young rocks look old through electrical experiments, they might further their case. But even if they fail in this but find means of accelerating the decay of radioactive waste, they could make a meaningful contribution to society in doing such research. Given that such research could help alleviate nuclear waste, even the Darwinists might want to say, “God speed to you YECs in this matter.”
1. Relevance of YEC to ID
2. HT: Walter Brown