Neil Halelamien neuronexmachina at gmail.com
Sun May 1 08:36:01 UTC 2005

On 4/27/05, Dirk Bruere <dirk at neopax.com> wrote:
> Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> > What has happened to the list? Here we have the first simple, fully
> > replicable,
> > fully understood benchtop fusion device, and the only two responses
> > are dismissive.
> >
> > Look: Its a first try. Yes, the result is not exothermic, but since
> > the science is
> > well understood, scientists can use this as a basis for improvement.
> > With just a bit
> It's not the first benchtop fusion device and is about 7 orders of
> magnitude inferior to the best Farnsworth fusor.
> http://www.rexresearch.com/farnsworth/fusor.htm

For what it's worth, here's the last sentence of the Nature paper
detailing the research:


"We have shown that small (about centimetre-sized) pyroelectric
crystals can produce ion beams (see also Supplementary Fig. 1 and
Supplementary Movie 2) of sufficient energy and current to drive
nuclear fusion. We anticipate increasing the field ionization current
by using a larger tip, or tip array, and by operating at cryogenic
temperatures. With these enhancements, and in addition using a
tritiated target, we believe that the reported signal could be scaled
beyond 10^6 neutrons s^-1. Pyroelectric crystals may also have
applications in electrostatic fusion devices, such as the Farnsworth
fusor, and as microthrusters in miniature spacecraft."


Personally, I'm curious if this breakthrough is applicable to
accelerator transmutation of nuclear waste:


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