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by Solo
Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Visit to Helion Energy Lab
Replies: 87
Views: 75652

So any further thoughts on starting a Helion or FRC forum or subsection?
by Solo
Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Learning Resources
Replies: 9
Views: 2393

Chrismb: what the heck are you talking about, of course it's a plasma! I really think quite the opposite: most folks here don't know enough basic plasma physics, myself included. In particular, to only learn the Polywell version of the story is a lopsided introduction to the subject.
by Solo
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 Gets $8 million
Replies: 98
Views: 28733

Sweet, Sweet, SWEET! :lol: :D :shock: $8mn is quite something. Congratulations Dr. Nebel & Co! I'm really glad they are going to have the mandate to look at the basic physics of the thing. I think that's where Dr. B probably could have done things differently, since his background was in enginee...
by Solo
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Learning Resources
Replies: 9
Views: 2393

I hear that Chen is the most widely used introductory text to plasma physics. It's only about 60quid on ebay used, not too bad.
by Solo
Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Visit to Helion Energy Lab
Replies: 87
Views: 75652

Very cool! I wish I could have visited that lab! But you probably made alot more use of the experience. I think having a forum or a subsection of this forum devoted to FRCs would be a great idea. I suppose Joel Strout would need to OK the subsection. Art, what do you think about the prospects of a s...
by Solo
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: Laser propulsion.
Replies: 17
Views: 5917

I always wondered what happened to Leik! Looks like he's done well for himself w/ that new contract. I like this concept and I hope it pans out.
by Solo
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Another laser and fusion development
Replies: 5
Views: 2372

That's bogus.

Edit: on looking into it, maybe there's something there after all. It's certainly unorthodox, who starts a company named after himself, trying to outrun the fusion community single-handedly?
by Solo
Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cities In The Clouds
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

by Solo
Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: My summer research!
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Thanks all! Frequency response is the main deal, we're looking into the tens of MHz. Yeah, bitsy, as in, the core I wind the wire around is a 1mm cylinder of plastic with channels cut in it to make 3 axes (axises?) The wire is 40gauge magnet wire. It's very easy to break, about the diameter of a hai...
by Solo
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: My summer research!
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

My summer research!

Well, it's not fusion-related, but it is plasma physics. I'm working with Dr. Christoph Niemann of UCLA and LLNL/NIF. They've got me apprenticed to a graduate student, making teensy little B-dot probes for a laser-produced plasma experiment. Dr. Niemann is interested in laser-plasma interactions and...
by Solo
Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: New FAQ - What are Cusps and what kind does a Polywell Have?
Replies: 132
Views: 20728

Art, about those boundary conditions: we are expecting an electric field at the edge of the plasma which confines the ions, so the field ought to point inward, which implies a net negative charge in the plasma, not a positive charge as you imply with the ion density being greater than the electron d...
by Solo
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:43 am
Forum: News
Topic: WB-8 Testing Pre-solitication
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

Woohoo! This sounds like good news to my ears! :D Especially the mention of a PB11 demo, that would awesome.
by Solo
Fri May 29, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: ITER Delayed, Scaled Back
Replies: 81
Views: 16261

Geez, what a mess. :shock: They want to pull the first wall experiments, neutral beam injectors, and divertor on the 1st pass? I bet some people really *are* angry.
by Solo
Tue May 26, 2009 2:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: Helion Energy? Did they beat Tri Alpha? Scam?
Replies: 76
Views: 44567

Well, this is cool! Art is (guardedly) excited about something! :lol: So they are planning on just shooting the plasma into a sustained high B-field region and relying on the kinetic energy of the plasma to compress itself, right? I initially thought they were going to try to ramp the compressing fi...
by Solo
Tue May 12, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: New Fusion Fuel Possibility - Ultradense Deuterium
Replies: 10
Views: 4155

Ahh, thanks Art, ignoring the collective energy would do the trick I suppose. That's a pretty elementary mistake, though. I rather doubt they did it on purpose... he *is* at a university after all.

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