Building the Open Source Bussard Fusion Reactor
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Just as Japan ’s earthquake raises fears of catastrophe from a nuclear meltdown and Mideast turmoil jeopardizes the world’s supply of conventional energy, along comes word of a possible scientific breakthrough that holds out the hope of cheap, abundant power. Cold fusion - discredited and vilified in the past - is back in the news. The potential benefits are great enough that, despite past failures, the technology deserves a fair hearing from the scientific community this time.
I’ve been doing trials on the fusor all night. Finally GOT IT. WE HAVE FIRST FUSION. LOOK AT THIS BUBBLE:
A homemade fusor created by a high school student in 2010. [ 1 ] Farnsworth–Hirsch fusor during operation in so called "star mode" characterized by "rays" of glowing plasma which appear to emanate from the gaps in the inner grid. The Farnsworth–Hirsch fusor , or simply fusor , is an apparatus designed (~1964) [ 2 ] by Philo T.
Researchers at the University of Sydney have made a small Polywell device which looks like this: Powerpoint slides of their research here . Notice there is no metal exterior on the magrid. As far as I understand… instead of using a magrid with a shell at positive potential (like the WB6 does), they are shooting in electrons with kinetic energy from an electron gun . This seems like a feasible way to build a copper coil polywell.
Polywell WB-6 model assembled A polywell device is a type of fusion reactor that traps electrons using magnetic confinement . The negatively charged electrons then attract positively charged ions , creating nuclei of sufficient speed to undergo fusion. This is a form of inertial electrostatic fusion .
Two years ago, I watched the video " Should Google Go Nuclear ," about the unveiling of the Bussard Fusion Reactor , and it felt like a technology with a remarkable potential to alleviate the world's energy crisis. I also thought, "I can build that thing!" Without university funding, I've been working at my lab in Brooklyn to build the world's first superconducting Bussard reactor, a nuclear fusion technology that promises clean, cheap, abundant energy. I track my progress on the Prometheus Fusion Perfection blog.