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Small update from Lawrenceville Plasma Physics

Postby Skipjack » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:51 pm


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DPF

Postby GIThruster » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:05 pm

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Postby chrismb » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:46 pm

hmmm... there is a graph;

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that anticipates that they will be getting 10^14 reactions/s by Sep, but this news item gives a more modest "...we observed 0.7 x 10^11 neutrons...we should be able to double the radius of the plasmoids and thus increase their volume and fusion yield by 8-10 fold...We will be investigating this more in September."

So the current optimistic prediction is that they will be 2 orders of mag behind their 'challenging' line.

I wish them well... Now, let us pray.

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Postby Skipjack » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:26 pm

Yes, I noticed that too, Chris.
I do have the feeling that they are going to miss their mark.

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Postby icarus » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:44 am


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Postby jmc » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:18 pm


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Postby D Tibbets » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:03 pm

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Postby jmc » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:07 pm


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Postby D Tibbets » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:06 pm

Sorry, I didn't read the link very well.

While earning them bragging rights, the accomplishments are modest and easily obtained. An amateur (?) on Fusor.net has done DPF, as have a number of labs. And, of course Fusors are a dime a dozen. Well, perhaps a few thousand per dozen.
These are easily obtained levels of 'expertise' if you have a few motivated individuals. It is a step up to do work like Robert Hirsch's, or DPF,but any competent university physics dept with the aid of a competent machinist and electrical engineer can do this - if they have access to the internet or other repository of fusion research, and a few 10's to 100's of thousands of dollars.

A more important consequence of this boasting, is that it demonstrates an interest in pursuing this technology, or at least keeping tabs on it, with a competence level capable of interpretating the information.

I wonder if the DOE has even this much interest in these fields?

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Postby Skipjack » Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:51 am

I know the Focus Fusion guys are not very popular here, but one can say at least one good thing about them:
They really try to be as open as possible. This lowers them on my personal bullshit scale quite a bit. I am still sceptical about the concept, but I am starting to feel more sympathy for the people there. In any case, it is really cool to watch them do their thing.

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Postby chrismb » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:32 am


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