We're explaining how our fusion device is put together and some improvements we're making here.
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.
Thanks @koyu for the help restoring the instance! 👍
Eric's AMA is now live! If you have any questions you'd like to ask now is a great time.
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!
If you can make it to Albany, NY on May 8 please consider joining Food & Water Watch to tell NY state it's time to move to 100% Renewable Energy.
People have asked “what is the connection between astrophysics and LPPFusion’s fusion research?” Our device uses plasma instabilities to form filaments to compress and heat the plasma. This process is found everywhere in the cosmos. A new paper in the leading journal Astronomy and Astrophysics shows that a hierarchy of filaments-within-filaments leads to the formation of stars like our Sun. Hannes Alfven first hypothesized this process in 1972.
LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner recently published an article in MNRAS--a leading AstronomyJournal--that suggests the Big Bang expansion theory is wrong. Lerner's book "The Big Bang Never Happened" was published decades ago. Cosmology theories affect plasma physics and ultimately our understanding of fusion energy, and our ability to reproduce a star-like power here on Earth. Recently, others have begun to question it as well.
The Canadian documentary Let There Be Light, released in March 2017, featured LPPFusion along with a few more private and government fusion research projects in the world. The documentary follows the story of dedicated scientists building a small sun on Earth. It is now free to watch for Amazon Prime users.