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by rcain
Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nuclear Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 1957

drmike wrote:Sure - outer wall alpha impact. Diamond coating with nanotube layer underneath. GigaWatt battery anyone?
:wink:
I'm wondering whether a diamond + graphine + gold coating might have the desired properties (else a 2m buckyball ;) )
by rcain
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nuclear Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 1957

Interesting choice of materials: Tests of layered tiles of carbon nanotubes packed with gold and surrounded by lithium hydride are under way. Radioactive particles that slam into the gold push out a shower of high-energy electrons. They pass through carbon nanotubes and pass into the lithium hydrid...
by rcain
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why is polywell supposed to be better than cusp confinement?
Replies: 74
Views: 32488

Welcome Dr Carlson :) I am fairly new here myself but have been following your discourses with Dr Nebel with great interest. My background is cybernetics, not physics, but I can just about follow the science. I hope to learn and to be there when they hand out the t-shirts. Essential to solving any p...
by rcain
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: A New Prize
Replies: 13
Views: 5306

What he lacks is the ability to sell his program. That, and any scientific basis for his work. Dude's a crank. I don't think anyone here is disputing that. However, historically speaking, how many important scientific discoveries have been made entirely by accident? I can think of quite a few.
by rcain
Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: A New Prize
Replies: 13
Views: 5306

Hi EsotericD - yes I remember catching that some years ago - was in the popular journals. Remember being surprised that cavitation could get that extreme - but at the time I had my hopes on JET or its offspring anyway. Seems like theres been some recent news at least - mostly bickering and no compel...
by rcain
Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: magrid configuration brainstorming
Replies: 632
Views: 148183

Hi Olivier, think you may well be right about the B/E-fields - think it might have totally ground to a halt on my machine if otherwise. Obviously a major limitation if true. Ill grab the source code and take a quick look. If as you say Mayavi2 has parallel built-in too, then that is a plus already f...
by rcain
Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: magrid configuration brainstorming
Replies: 632
Views: 148183

To Olivier - very pretty. Do you know what the completeness, accuracy, precision of your code, is - ie. is it good for real numerical simulation/prediction or just visualization? The thing I particularly liked about the Falstad code, was indeed its 'particlulates': Seems like the author has got some...
by rcain
Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A New Prize
Replies: 13
Views: 5306

... perhaps if Dr Nebel's current WB7 experiment doesn't work, we could fill it up with water and see if that makes any difference. :) funny enough i just came across him (Mr Aza that is) googling for 'underwater plasma' and - hes currently on google page 3 so i think so what MSimon says about his '...
by rcain
Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: magrid configuration brainstorming
Replies: 632
Views: 148183

contra-circular subjects

...thats a coincidence (or maybe not) - quite independently i too just came across http://www.falstad.com/mathphysics.html: and in particular 3d magnetostatic fields applet http://www.falstad.com/vector3dm/ loop pair stacked opposing - particle velocity plus 3d vector fields applet http://www.falsta...
by rcain
Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:08 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Throttling and idling....
Replies: 19
Views: 6628

for the purposes of meeting demand-cycle at least, i wouldnt have thought that reactor throttling would be the most efficient thing to do - would it? surely it would be best to keep the fusor running constant state within absolutely optimal parameters and divert any excess power to say a hydro rese...
by rcain
Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Carlson and Nebel
Replies: 108
Views: 48240

I've been keeping up with the Carlson Vs Nebel discourse also and I suggest that it really must be welcomed: If, as has been suggested, Carlson is 'cleverer than the average bear' and if he in any way represents the opinions of the wider (Tokamak) fusion community 'against' the Polywell approach, th...
by rcain
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Throttling and idling....
Replies: 19
Views: 6628

for the purposes of meeting demand-cycle at least, i wouldnt have thought that reactor throttling would be the most efficient thing to do - would it? surely it would be best to keep the fusor running constant state within absolutely optimal parameters and divert any excess power to say a hydro reser...
by rcain
Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Robert Hirsch On Gas Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 16552

Amish solution - 1 Horse per family = 50km per day plus 1 bag (compressed) methane for 1 Bag Oats per day

Great value...

Do I get a research grant?
by rcain
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: magrid configuration brainstorming
Replies: 632
Views: 148183

i found it really helpful to listen again to 'the man' himself try and explain it: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1996321846673788606 from 14:14 / 1:32:37 - (spherical grids, elmore tuck, watson) to 26.48 / 1:32:37 - (wiffle-ball inflation and cusp losses - control factors) ... all seems to...
by rcain
Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Something stirring - Blacklight Power
Replies: 18
Views: 8740

...interesting spectral lines though - where do they come from?