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by Solo
Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Promethius Fusion Makes The BBC
Replies: 55
Views: 9184

@Rob: Let's do it. I've got an idea: what if you could set up a B-dot probe, to measure whether the plasma was pushing the magnetic field. I don't know if you'd be able to see that, but it's something that hasn't been done, that's for sure.
by Solo
Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: Promethius Fusion Makes The BBC
Replies: 55
Views: 9184

Cool! Famulus got a big PR break! @Robthebob: Yeah, I'm half-tempted to try my hand a fusor. But I think I may just buy a plasma globe to get my 'oohh, pretty colors!' fix. I'm sure the Sydney group will come out with more - plasma physics just goes too darn slow though! (I guess you probably know t...
by Solo
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Grad school
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

@MirariNefas: haha! That's a cool story. And the "big scary laser" sign was on the lab where I worked! @Ben & icarus: I can deal with vodka and scandinavian women... haha! Slough's actually got a couple different labs, b/c he does some of his work through a spin-off company (MSNW). The...
by Solo
Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Grad school
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

I second Kiteman! Please keep the politics out of here! @Mirari: very cool about your visit to UCLA. When did you that? I did the REU program there this past summer (2009),,and I worked with the HEDP group. (I'm actually going back this summer as well.) HEDP is in the same building as the old Electr...
by Solo
Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Grad school
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

Grad school

Well, I had to decide today... I was hung between U. of Wisc - Madison and U. of Wash - Seattle. I decided that since Madison has a bigger/better program, that's where I will go, even though around here Seattle gets most of the press, and personally I think Seattle is a much neater city. So, Robtheb...
by Solo
Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: LPP fusion experiments getting ten times more neutrons
Replies: 57
Views: 12821

Yeah, I think we can expect to hear something interesting out of Tri-Alpha soon. NIF is going to surprise many folks as well: from what I gather, it is very likely get a pretty good Q sometime this year, and that may change a lot of perception about it. Good luck getting that info, btw! (trying to s...
by Solo
Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell: We'll know in 7 months time?!
Replies: 203
Views: 37732

I'm with Kurt: we should try to find something more productive to do with the forum. (I'm biased toward Slough & Helion -- I'm looking at going to UW-Seattle for grad school in physics, starting this coming Autumn.)

@ RobtheBob: cool! Best of luck with your studies!
by Solo
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The "Science Culture"
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

The "Science Culture"

This is in response to Chrismb's remarks in this thread: http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1576&start=15 [quote='Chrismb'] It's a shame that these things are for academics only. I mean, if someone has an idea who's not an academic then they wouldn't be funded to go to such a thing ...
by Solo
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Got a question about Eric Lerner's DPF? I'll ask him!
Replies: 26
Views: 7525

Haha, I totally missed that internal fusion engine! @Chrismb: I see your point. In fact, I really wish I could have gone, but I'm not sure they'll allow spectators who aren't presenting, and it would be kinda expensive. Anyway, let's stay on topic. I'll start a thread the science culture in 'general...
by Solo
Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Got a question about Eric Lerner's DPF? I'll ask him!
Replies: 26
Views: 7525

Hey, I found the website for the Innovative Confinement Concepts Workshop 2010: http://www.iccworkshops.org/icc2010/proceedings.php They've got all our usual suspects: General Fusion, Eric Lehner, LDX, FRC stuff, and even a bit on POPS (not by Nebel, tho!). Oh, and some guy with a very polywell-ish ...
by Solo
Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: REU project
Replies: 1
Views: 679

REU project

Well, apologies for tooting my own horn here, but I thought you might be entertained to see what I spent this past summer doing: http://reu.physics.ucla.edu/2009/home.htm http://reu.physics.ucla.edu/common/papers/2009/morton_lucas.pdf http://hedp.physics.ucla.edu/ Basically, I built some B-dot (magn...
by Solo
Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How about analogue computing?
Replies: 13
Views: 2747

Check out what they are doing at U. of Washington - Seattle: a DOE project to make a predictive computer experiment system for exploring innovative confinement concepts. Pretty sweet, huh? http://www.aa.washington.edu/research/PSI/ http://www.aa.washington.edu/research/PSI/research.html "The PS...
by Solo
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:19 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 203
Views: 70033

Here's a supposedly updated pitch from Helion, they are much more enthusiastic in this, and perhaps the neutron graph is new (no units, unfortunately...). http://www.helionenergy.com/Helion_Presentation-Web2.pdf I noticed that they also have a "sponsored link" on Google -- they are adverti...
by Solo
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Levitated Dipole Experiment, or LDX
Replies: 7
Views: 2295

I think the occasion for the press release is the first real publication from the experiment while actually levitating the coil (they'd done some stuff with the coil sitting on struts). So, it's newly operational, but it's not a new idea, it's been in the works for several years.
by Solo
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: George Miley On IEC Fusion Politics
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Well, ICC could mean "innovative confinement concepts" which includes IEC, as well as FRCs, RFPs, spheromaks, and even spherical tori by some definitions.

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