The Bursting of Bubble Fusion

Critics assail a Purdue scientist who said he had created the most exciting physics of the decade

Rusi P. Taleyarkhan's laboratory is buried deep within a squat, gray building a few miles from Purdue University. It sits on a wide parking lot, which melts into the flat expanse of northern Indiana, giving the building the sense of a solitary boat on a quiet sea. Inside, through a maze of hallways, Mr. Taleyarkhan's laboratory looks like many physics laboratories — a slightly