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pB11 Fusion with the Dense Plasma Focus

Author: Eric J Lerner
Requested Type: Consider for Invited
Submitted: 2010-01-27 22:06:21


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Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc.
40 Ridge Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ   07922

Abstract Text:
Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc. has initiated a two-year-long experimental project to test the scientific feasibility of Focus Fusion, controlled nuclear fusion using the dense plasma focus (DPF) device and pB11 fuel. The goals of the experiment are first, to confirm the achievement the high ion and electron energies first observed in previous experiments in 2001 at Texas A&M University; second, to greatly increase the efficiency of energy transfer into the plasmoid where the fusion reactions take place; third, to achieve the high magnetic fields (>1 GG) needed for the quantum magnetic field effect, which will reduce cooling of the plasma by x-ray emission; and finally, to use pB11 fuel to demonstrate greater fusion energy production than energy fed into the plasma (positive net energy production). The DPF is an exceedingly compact device, with a mass of about 2,500 kg, so can be expected to lead to a very economical source of energy. The modifications we have made to this concept—including the control of angular momentum injection and very small electrodes to maximize magnetic field, as well ass the use of the quantum magnetic field effect, will we believe overcome limitations previously identified in achieving high fusion yield. The experiment is being conducted with a newly-constructed dense plasma focus in Middlesex, NJ which is expected to generate peak currents in excess of 2 MA. Preliminary result on tests of the new Focus-Fusion-1 device with deuterium will be presented.

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