Latest Fusion Technique

  1. Pythagorean

    Pythagorean 4,582
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    a fellow physics major was explaining to me that the latest technique in fusion has to do with creating tritium rings and using them to create another ring, using that ring to create yet a third ring.

    I'm only second year, so nuclear/particle physics are a bit over my head at this point. I'm curious if this is true and what the name of the process is? (for personal research purposes)
     
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  3. Morbius

    Morbius 1,160
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    Pythagorean,

    "Tritium Rings" are the latest fad in junk science; right alongside "Red Mercury".

    Dr. Gregory Greenman
    Physicist
     
  4. This reminds me of a story that a post doc in my lab told me a couple of weeks ago. This was a few years ago at the Institute for Plasma Research in India, where he did his PhD. Anyway, some guy comes in one day and wants to talk to the director of the institute. He tells him that he has designed a working fusion power plant, knows why all the other machines won't work and will sell him the design and work on the project if he's given several million dollars upfront. He won't explain to him how the machine works or why the other machines do not, etc. So the director asks him to leave.
     
  5. Pythagorean

    Pythagorean 4,582
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    what exactly is meant by the term "junk science?"

    I mean, is it actually being experimented with somewhere or is it a theoretical idea that someone's trying to sell?
     
  6. Morbius

    Morbius 1,160
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    Pythagorean,

    "Junk science" has neither a theoretical nor experimental underpinning.

    The junk scientists eschew the scientific method and are more Aristotelian in nature -
    they just profess what they've made up out of "whole cloth" and you can't tell them
    otherwise.

    Dr. Gregory Greenman
    Physicist
     
  7. Pythagorean

    Pythagorean 4,582
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    I see. This reminds me of a web page I found called "The Electric Sun" arguing how the sun is electric (not fusion) powered.


    Thank you for your replies.
     
  8. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    To put it another way, "junk science" sounds somewhat like science (uses a lot of scientific sounding words that don't necessarily mean anything in the context they are being used), but isn't.
     
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