We began the final stage of assembly of our new beryllium electrodes, transferring the beryllium anode into our nitrogen-filled glove box to protect us from any contact with beryllium dust and to protect the anode from water vapor and oxygen in the air.
The numbers on each frame show the time elapsed since the start of the pulse. The region shown of the anode, close to the end of the insulator is a cm wide. The filaments (bright stripes) first form and become more distinct, then at the end begin to merge together, becoming destroyed. The bright regions near the lower end of the sheath are heavily contaminated with tungsten vaporized from the anode.
That's 8:00 PM EDT in case it's too small. We'll send out a toot with the exact URL 15 minutes before the AMA starts!
"Let There Be Light", a documentary that explores fusion research by focusing on three projects (including ours) will be broadcast on CBC tonight at 10:00PM!
If you know someone who's interested in watching, please send along the information!
A theory of aerodynamics that needs to be adjusted every few miles would not be useful for a flying plane. So why do we put up with it in our theories of the universe?
In case you missed it, this is an animation created with pictures from different shots of plasma in action. For an explanation of what can be gleaned from them, please read our report.
Thanks to 233 far-sighted investors we have now raised $503,000, over half way to the one million dollars we need to quicken our research for safe, clean, cheap and unlimited energy! This half-way mark was achieved Jan 12, just two months and 3 days into our Wefunder campaign.
This is also well over our minimum goal of $400,000, achieved Dec. 22. So this means we will certainly be getting at least the minimum money our project needs to move on to our critical...
LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric Lerner compares and ranks the results of all the world’s leading fusion efforts, using three objective yardsticks. Comparing the ratio of fusion energy out to total energy into the device, LPPFusion’s, $5-million-dollar Focus Fusion-1 (FF-1) device comes in a close second to the largest functioning tokamak device, the Joint European Torus (JET), which has cost nearly a thousand times more.
Focus Fusion uses the dense plasma focus device to guide a series of instabilities, each one increasing density and temperature, to produce fusion energy. The core of the device consists of two cylindrical metal electrodes nested inside each other. A pulse of electricity from a capacitor bank is discharged across the electrodes...
Shout out to Futurism for generating buzz about our clean energy research!
Why do we need a new source of energy? Why fusion energy? LPPFusion team members Eric Lerner and Ivy Karamitsos explain why no existing source of energy—not fossil, solar, wind or nuclear fission--can fill our energy needs safely, cheaply and reliably. We need the Sun’s energy source—fusion energy, brought down to Earth.