What does it matter what #M87 really is? In part 5 of the “Is it Really a Black Hole Series”, LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner points out that discoveries in astrophysics can have profound impacts here on earth. The process of nuclear fusion was discovered by studying the sun, whose energy source is fusion.
Potentially, fusion can solve humanity’s energy problems. In the 1980’s Lerner, studying both quasars, the astrophysical phenomena produced by objects like M87, and a fusion device called the dense plasma focus, wondered if the device could be used as a model for quasars. The device produced plasmoids and concentrated beams with magnetic fields alone—no gravity needed.
In published papers (lppfusion.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Magnetic-Self-Compression-No-1.pdf), Lerner showed that indeed a quantitative theory linking the two phenomena made predictions that were verified both in the lab and in astrophysical observations. That led to improvements in the theory of the plasma focus (http://lppfusion.com/images/stories/theory_and_experimental_program_for_focus_fusion__lpp_jan2011.pdf), patented inventions (http://lppfusion.com/images/stories/theory_and_experimental_program_for_focus_fusion__lpp_jan2011.pdf), and steps towards achieving useful fusion energy (https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.4989859).