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by kurt9
Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Science Fiction
Replies: 24
Views: 14734

Plasmak and Focus Fusion look similar

There is a pdf description of how plasmoids form on Dr. Koloc's PrometheusII website. There is a slide show on Eric Lerner's Focus Fusion website that displays the formation of the plasmoids in Eric Lerner's proposed device. The plasmoid formation in both websites looks remarkably similar. In both c...
by kurt9
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Science Fiction
Replies: 24
Views: 14734

Ball Lightning

Correct me if I'm wrong. But I heard that Silicon combustion was determined to be the cause of ball lightning, a much more prosaic explanation than others I have heard. Is this correct? This plasmak approach strikes me as rather fanciful. I first heard about it in the mid 90's. I used to know a guy ...
by kurt9
Thu May 15, 2008 4:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Starting A Fusion Program In Your Home Town
Replies: 26
Views: 49076

One of the things we have been considering is selling a "turnkey" version of the WB-7. In this case we would design, build, license and deliver an operating Polywell, probably on the scale of the present machine. Operator training and tech support would also be part of the deal. The model is to use...
by kurt9
Tue May 06, 2008 3:44 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Norman Rostaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 3843

Numerical modeling...

I read recently that Tri-Alpha was recently financed to the tune of $40 million. This suggests that they will be doing some hardware experimentation in the near future. My understanding is that the financiers are not just Paul Allen, but include Venrock Associates (they funded Apple in the late 70's...
by kurt9
Mon May 05, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Norman Rostaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 3843

Norman Rostaker?

Does anyone know anything about Norman Rostaker's group? I believe this is called Tri-Alpha and that they are set-up in the Foothills area of SoCal. Any new info about them?
by kurt9
Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Questions about FPGeneration
Replies: 22
Views: 17084

Thanks...

I just read the previous threads about FPGeneration and about POPS, in general. POPS is essentially a pulsed bias such that you have an oscillating plasma sheath. POPS is interesting to me because it reminds me of a specialized coating process technology called Plasma Source Ion Immersion (PSII). Th...
by kurt9
Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Questions about FPGeneration
Replies: 22
Views: 17084

Questions about FPGeneration

I stumbled upon a website (www.fpgeneration.com), which describes a mutli-pole ion source version of an IEC polywell. The guy, Alex Klein, has previously worked with Dr. Bussard. Can anyone here comment on Alex Klein's MIX approach to polywell fusion and how it compares with Dr. Bussard's approach? ...
by kurt9
Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Data and Control busses
Replies: 15
Views: 8603

DeviceNet and CAN

Yes, DeviceNet uses CAN as the physical layer. DeviceNet is the communication protocol that runs on CAN and is starting to become popularly used in semiconductor and other high-vacuum process tools. The advantages is that much of the control and instrumentation such as power supplies, MFCs, and vacu...
by kurt9
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:24 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Data and Control busses
Replies: 15
Views: 8603

DeviceNet

DeviceNet is a deterministic protocol that can be implemented through an ethernet cable. Much of the vacuum system instrumentation (MFSs, temperature controllers, ion source power supplies) come with devicenet interfaces. You can also get DeviceNet interface modules for most of the major PLC brands ...
by kurt9
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Pressure Control
Replies: 5
Views: 4159

Turbo pumps and base pressure

I saw your comments about turbo pumps on your "power and control" blog. An effective way to increase the pumping capacity of a turbo pump to reach a lower base pressure is to add a cryotrap between the main valve and the turbo pump. This will make it easier to get to a lower base pressure, say 10-9 ...
by kurt9
Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr. Bussard's Final Interview
Replies: 53
Views: 31526

100 page technical paper

Joe, It will be great to add the direct interview link to your page of Polywell references. MSimon, thanks for the link Does anybody know about the 100 pages technical paper about Polywell promised by Dr. on the Google video? Has it been released to any technical issue? I agree with Keegan that Ant...