but then the statement in article at Progressive Engineer is worrisome:The NIST Advanced Technology Program announced its grant awards for 2004. Focus fusion passed the first gate which was based on technical merit. Unfortunately, we did not receive an award at the second gate which was based on commercialization potential. The feedback from the program did not indicate that they felt there was no commercialization potential, just that we had not made a strong enough case in our grant proposal. We received specific feedback on ways to strengthen our proposal and were encouraged to reapply next year. The acceptance rate at gate two is 66%, and is even higher for proposers who pass gate one and reapply. So we are optimistic about receiving ATP funding next year. In the meanwhile, we are looking for other funding sources to continue our simulation work. Collaboration with the University of Ferrara has not progressed as they are still awaiting funding from the European Union.
I suppose one can review the technical journal articles and draw one's own conclusion.The Department of Energy, which funds Los Alamos and many other labs, defends the tokamak tooth-and-nail in part through sheer bureaucratic inertia. But the Department's leadership has become increasingly indistinguishable from that of the oil and gas corporations, and it has no interest whatsoever in funding research that might eventually threaten those corporations.
The plasma focus does pose a real threat to the existing fossil-fuel energy multinationals, the Exxons and Enrons of the world.
Using some numbers from the DIII-D Tokamak, the neutral beam injects D neutrals with an energy of 80 keV. The line averaged plasma density, is on the order of 1.7E14 cm-3, so with a beam energy of 80 keV, this would yield, 1.36E16 keV-cm-3. However the energy confinement time was given as 0.5 sec, so the [itex]n \tau E[/itex] would be 6.8E15 keV-sec-cm-3, which still exceeds the number quoted by Lerner in the ArXiv paper.Astronuc said:4. The Lerner claim for having achieved fusion conditions
exceeding those of the tokamaks is false!