Taiwanese student under investigation for operating a fusor

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Taiwanese student under investigation for operating a fusor

Postby Ivy Matt » Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:08 am

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subc ... 1&cid=1104

Chen Kuo-yi, a college student at Taiwan's National Taitung University, is reported to have created a homemade fusion reactor costing under NT$13,000 (US$435). The country's Atomic Energy Council has investigated the reactor and the student could face jail and a heavy fine if it is found to have caused radioactive contamination, reports our sister paper China Times.

So, how long before we see teenagers going around wearing "fusion is not a crime" T-shirts? :wink:

In all seriousness, I expect the Atomic Energy Council to find no harm done, but you never know.

Here's a video he posted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77sw5zQQFR8

星星 means "star".
Temperature, density, confinement time: pick any two.

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Re: Taiwanese student under investigation for operating a fu

Postby derg » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:17 am

For $435? Is that even possible?

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Re: Taiwanese student under investigation for operating a fu

Postby tauntaun_rider » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:15 pm

After watching the video, I'd say it is possible that his rig cost him US$400, but it's highly unlikely he is getting fusion reactions in measurable quantities. The video looks like his grids are hopelessly dirty too.

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Re: Taiwanese student under investigation for operating a fu

Postby Tom Ligon » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:28 pm

I think the "star in a jar" project on fusor.net was probably that cheap.

The "Dog and Pony 1" fusor I slapped together that set off the movement would have qualified except that I threw $700 at a really nice vacuum pump. Richard Hull is a world-class scrounger and was capable of finding good vacuum pumps for prices like $15 ... just needed an oil change or maybe a seal replaced. My power supply was based on a neon sign transformer obtained by dumpster-diving outside an electrician's shop that did sign work. However, DP1 was incapable of measurable fusion.

I predict the kid should be fine. If he made enough neutrons to make measurable radioactive waste, he should get a scholarship, not jail.


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