In a major step towards new experiments, LPPFusion placed an order June 25 for the beryllium needed for our new anodes. Materion, the US supplier of beryllium, has promised to produce the material by Aug. 7. The cylinder of beryllium will be enough to produce three anodes, although initially we will be ordering just one. The machining of the anode will then take until November. By that time, we also expect to have our new switches installed.
Jonathan Tennenbaum's first part of a series on the dense plasma focus was published yesterday by Asia Times. We are featured in it!
In episode 3 of the Cosmic Connection, @LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric Lerner continues to describe the broad outlines of universal evolution without a #BigBang or an origin of the universe in time. The universe has evolved away from equilibrium, with larger and larger energy fluxes—the density or concentration of energy flows has tended to increase. This evolution has accelerated with time.
In episode 2 of the Cosmic Connection, LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric Lerner begins to discuss what knowledge can be gained by looking at the evolution of the universe that can help to understand what is going on now, on earth, in social evolution.
If there was no #BigBang, how and where do we start the story of the universe?
Lerner recently participated in an online teach-in on the coronavirus crisis. His presentation was on “Energy, Finance, and the Coronavirus".
In a sign of growing interest in new ideas in cosmology, the first video in LPPFusion’s ongoing series on “The Real Crisis in Cosmology” has now received nearly 150,000 views, far more than our other videos.
The MHD approximation assumes that the particle acts the same way in all directions. This assumption leads to wrong models in our plasma focus device, because of its powerful magnetic fields.
Another simulation LPPFusion is working on is modeling the early stages of the current sheath within the plasma. This original simulation software is being developed by LPPFusion Simulations Researcher Dr. Warwick Dumas. It differs from the most common plasma simulations, called MHD, in accurately distinguishing the way electrons and ions behave when they are moving in the direction of the magnetic field, as compared with when they are moving across the field.
We also purchased SolidWorks PDM, a project data management system, with this SolidWorks upgrade. This can help us to keep track of design versioning by various team members while ensuring the full compatibility of multi-layer components within each project.
Our CIO, Ivy Karamitsos, carried out a major IT upgrade thanks to the Wefunder crowdfunding investments that we gained this March. The upgrade cost just under $40K, but it was a long overdue investment into our infrastructure as we needed improved in-house capabilities for our engineering drawing software and simulation productions.
A full sequence of images of the current sheath of LPPFusion’s #FF2B experimental device shows that a shock wave is the most likely proximate cause of the disruption of filaments that has limited fusion energy yield. Our rapidly-advancing effort to provide new switches for FF-2B provides a path to eliminating the oscillations that cause these shock waves.
Eric Lerner will be speaking Sunday, May 17 at an online Teach-in on the Coronavirus: Causes, Impact and Our Response. He will be speaking on “Energy, Finance and the Coronavirus”. The presentation will explain how fossil fuel use contributed to the pandemic.
This event is not sponsored by LPPFusion, but we thought it will be of interest to our followers.
The teach-in, with time for Q and A and discussion, will be via Zoom at 2:00 PM EDT. Send an e-mail to email@example.com for Zoom details.
The documentary film “Let There be Light”, which features our work at LPPFusion, has recently been broadcast in translated version on French, German and Japanese TV. The French version is also available now here: https://youtu.be/xd5MlhysI_U.
The new publicity has already sparked some investment interest.
An international scientific collaboration using the PALS laser facility in Prague has reported a major advance in hydrogen-boron (pB11) fusion. The report, published in January in Physical Review E, demonstrated a 40-fold increase in fusion yield over previous experiments at the same facility in 2014.
We very much regret that due to the awful immigration policies in the US we can’t consider applications from those who lack US working papers. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage qualified women and men of all backgrounds to apply.
We provide competitive pay, full health insurance, and a stock option plan. Requirements: the type of degree is not important but we need someone with solid experience in an experimental lab and with HV equipment. Programming ability with Java is a plus as is experience with SolidWorks. Applicants must be able to start work in NJ by September 1.
For the first time in years, we are expanding our staff by seeking to #hire another researcher to accelerate our fusion effort. This will be a full-time permanent position in one of the most exciting fusion energy research efforts in the world. We seek a research electrical engineer who will assist in all aspects of our experiments including carrying out experiments, data analysis, equipment maintenance and repair and the design of new parts.
While the cracks were bad news, our inspection of the beryllium anode also brought good news. The erosion of the electrode near the insulator has markedly decreased with the beryllium electrode as compared with our previous tungsten electrode.
Just as the LPPFusion research team was about to resume firing in March, we discovered that FF-2B’s anode was cracked. We’ve used the shutdown time, necessitated by both the crack and the coronavirus, to complete the design of our new switches, and to redesign the anode. We’re aiming to resume firing with these crucial new upgrades in the fall. This will allow us to keep to our plan of initiating experiments with hydrogen-boron fuel in 2020.
In episode 2 of the Real Crisis in Cosmology, LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric Lerner shows that the abundance of light elements—helium, deuterium and lithium—can be explained without a Big Bang through the Galactic Origin of Light Elements (GOLE).