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Plasma Pinch Fusion as a Neutron Source: Questions

  1. Jun 15, 2014 #1
    Ok so I recently read this article (http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/...on-power-been-right-under-our-noses-all-along). This gave me a few ideas and a few questions. I would like to create a smaller version of this setup to fuse deuterium into He-3 to generate neutrons for experimentation. So here are my questions. (For clarification my goal is not to create a fusion reactor that breaks even, I want to generate neutrons through the use of Dense Plasma Focus.)

    1: the setup of the electrodes looks very simple is there anything more complicated to the center electrodes design other than ensuring that it will break the arc so that the plasma focus forms?

    2: How would I go about calculating the energy of the partials in the ejected ion streams?

    3:Will the neutrons be ejected in the direction of the ion streams or will they go flying all over the place?

    4: And last but not least I have a 9Kj capacitor bank I could use for this, will it suffice in the small scale or will it be insufficient.
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  3. Jun 15, 2014 #2


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    I suggest you to wait a year until they realize their claim:

    "... there’s a small lab in New Jersey that says it can produce fusion power within a year, with a total spend of just a few million dollars ..."

    In the link below, starting page 28, you will see their request for taxpayer dollars, as well as their papers:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/pcast_public_comments_may_2012.pdf [Broken]

    As it should be expected, these scientific papers do not support their claim of fusion energy within one year.
    Their advertisement on indiegogo also comes short of proving their claim.
    I could find nowhere any justification of their extraordinary claim.

    Anyway, I hope you will find some useful information in their papers.
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