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Ivy Matt
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Huemul

Postby Ivy Matt » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:16 am


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Postby chrismb » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:35 pm

Actually, the first attempt was Olliphant who [whilst Rutherford was away on a trip, because he thought nuclear energy was nonsense and wuldn't countenance such experiments] shot a beam of deuterium through deuterium gas. Fortunately for him, it didn't work. Can you imagine if it has started a spontaneous exothermic fusion ignition? But no-one really knew what would have happened back then, in 1934.

As mentioned, the first magnetic [albeit, self-inductive] scheme was a UK toroidal z-pinch scheme, in 1947.

http://www.fusor.net/board/view.php?bn= ... 1255468871

Spitzer? A late player to the game given the credit? It's the old UK-US inventorship deal... yet again!!! :wink:

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Ghost of Huemul

Postby chrismb » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:57 pm

Ghost of Huemul; Just noticed this patent application in the same week as the 60th anniversary pointed out above:

http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Pars ... %0A&d=PG01

This is 'interesting' in that it is both from Argentinian inventors, but also that it discusses fusion during the combusion of deuterium. Richter's approach [or 'scam', as it was decided at the time] also revolved around nuclear fusion during some sort of chemical combusting of deuterium.

Some fusion ideas just won't die gracefully... .. er, I guess none of them do....

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Postby Ivy Matt » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:24 pm

Temperature, density, confinement time: pick any two.

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Italian job...

Postby Nik » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:04 pm

IIRC, there was a shoe-string Italian effort which connected a pinch chamber in-line with their building's lightning conductor...


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