Thats a really interesting account, thanks for that.
Must admit, potterring around fusion labs would be included in my ideal holiday schedule as well I think (if only I had such a thing as a holiday).
Very interested in the FRC concept, though the theory looks to be even more diabolical than IEC Polywell, what with novel plasma instabilities to take into account on top of everything else. However, the engineering implementation 'seems' if anything simpler, certainly elegant.
Love to find out more about it. In particular,
- theory papers,
- results to date (obviously), and
- who else is pursuing similar work and with what success/lack of.
(though I did do a trawl a year or so back, didnt come up with too much)
Agree with you on the continuous Vs pulsed mode issue, everything, including common sense would seem to indicate that's currently our path of least resistance and greatest hope of arriving at a 'useful' machine in our (remaining) lifetimes. I'd hope to see Polywell and POPs variants included in there also.
As to enlarging our forum here to include an FRC-corner (and similar), that can only be a good thing. It doesnt look like we'll have a lot to talk about for some while anyway on the Polywell front. A greater meeting of greater minds and further cross-fertilisation of ideas that is likely to bring has got to be beneficial all ways round.
VC capital for John Slough's venture - all power and success to him - the greater critcal mass, interest and debate we gather here the better. For John and Rick of course and all other teams working seriously in this arena.
Frustrating that the sums involved here are, relatively speaking, tiny. I know its been suggested before, but it'd be wonderful to see some sort of X-prize (a quarterly 'neutrons per dollar' prize perhaps). Surely we dont have to wait for another world war to break out before we summon the collective political will to crack this.