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by Ivy Matt
Thu May 13, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 218
Views: 199359

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Dr. Jaeyoung Park is a co-author of the paper, and his affiliation is given as "TAE Technologies, Inc." When did that happen?
by Ivy Matt
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 854
Views: 403353

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

Also, with lower Z brehmstralung should be lower, so the plasma would heat up faster, other things equal. That could be a compelling reason to test with D+He3. My understanding is that Bremsstrahlung is supposed to be minimized by the quantum magnetic field effect, but LPPFusion hasn't yet reached ...
by Ivy Matt
Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 854
Views: 403353

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

I asked a similar question (though not specifically about He3) a long time ago on the Focus Fusion forums. I forget exactly what the answer is, but my understanding of the fuel situation is this: deuterium (what LPP has been using) is useful mainly for diagnostic purposes because it produces neutron...
by Ivy Matt
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: News
Topic: 2021 state of the horse race: ITER vs. dark horses
Replies: 44
Views: 7856

Re: 2021 state of the horse race: ITER vs. dark horses

You are stuck in the thinking that these companies are still trying to prove their science. I'm not sure I understand what you're implying. I see perhaps three possibilities: 1) These companies don't have to prove their science to the general public. No doubt this is true for now and until they hav...
by Ivy Matt
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Using gravity to create a self sustaining thermonuclear reaction
Replies: 6
Views: 1580

Re: Using gravity to create a self sustaining thermonuclear reaction

Interesting. Could this be interpreted as a refinement of the "elephant" idea?
by Ivy Matt
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The world's worst reactor idea: The OhioVR mantis reactor
Replies: 6
Views: 1684

Re: The world's worst reactor idea: The OhioVR mantis reactor

I think most of the serious people have left for greener pastures.
by Ivy Matt
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: 2021 state of the horse race: ITER vs. dark horses
Replies: 44
Views: 7856

Re: 2021 state of the horse race: ITER vs. dark horses

So, near term: LPPFusion (dense plasma focus) - Experiments planned this year, hopefully starting in May. Possibly hydrogen-boron experiments by late summer. Scientific feasibility possibly demonstrated this year...or not. LPPFusion's small team is slightly larger than when they started experiments ...
by Ivy Matt
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The world's worst reactor idea: The OhioVR mantis reactor
Replies: 6
Views: 1684

Re: The world's worst reactor idea: The OhioVR mantis reactor

It was just a joke, obviously, a throwaway example of a fusion "concept" someone might dream up but never realistically implement. I found the post . The context was Chris's list of fusion technologies, and particularly what sort of concepts should be excluded from the list: Well, I think someone sh...
by Ivy Matt
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The world's worst reactor idea: The OhioVR mantis reactor
Replies: 6
Views: 1684

Re: The world's worst reactor idea: The OhioVR mantis reactor

Sometime, when I find the time, I'll have to flesh out the elephant & deuterium balloon concept. I believe it was ChrisMB's concept initially, but since he didn't bother to do the math and engineering, it's up to someone else to pick up where he left off. Right now I'm weighing the costs and benefit...
by Ivy Matt
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tokamak reactors could be practical with this one weird trick
Replies: 12
Views: 2887

Re: Tokamak reactors could be practical with this one weird trick

I think the fact that some other fusion researcher thought of it first shows it's an idea that is (or was) worth trying out. I'd be interested in seeing what the actual experimental results were, and what the rationale was for not pursuing it further. There's a difference between "We already tried t...
by Ivy Matt
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: News
Topic: 2021 state of the horse race: ITER vs. dark horses
Replies: 44
Views: 7856

2021 state of the horse race: ITER vs. dark horses

The year is 2021. ITER assembly is 70-75% complete. This year begins assembly of the vacuum vessel, with first plasma expected within five years. So far all ITER member nations appear committed to the project, and funding seems secure. Still time for a dark horse to suddenly steal ITER's thunder, bu...
by Ivy Matt
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 854
Views: 403353

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

LPPFusion posted their first reports of 2021 on March 4 and 9 here and here . In sum, work is ongoing on a new set of switches (already arrived) and a new beryllium anode (expected to arrive April 12), with a new round of experiments expected to begin around May 1. If the problems with current oscil...
by Ivy Matt
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 2019 INFUSE Awards
Replies: 0
Views: 8460

2019 INFUSE Awards

The DOE-FES has announced its 2019 INFUSE awards, the first awards since the program was announced this year. These awards allow the use of National Laboratory facilities to private companies. For 2019 twelve awards were made to the following six companies: Advanced Conductor Technologies Commonweal...
by Ivy Matt
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Renaissance Fusion
Replies: 7
Views: 11471

Re: Renaissance Fusion

Perhaps I should have noted that their website talks about their "energy solution for 2027". Specific year, but no explanation of what the milestone is. Now that the conference is over, Renaissance Fusion has revealed the names of exactly one member of the team: Francesco Volpe, "Founder". He has a ...
by Ivy Matt
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: Renaissance Fusion
Replies: 7
Views: 11471

Renaissance Fusion

The Fusion Industry Association has added another startup to its list of members: Renaissance Fusion. The company claims to be the first fusion startup based in continental Europe, as well as the first with a stellarator-based design. They're based in Granada, Spain, according to their Twitter accou...