Daily Archives: June 5, 2011

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FF-1 main insulator improvements underway


Insulator breakdown causes discovered, reinforcement started Reinforcement will be completed in June for planned firing with 12 switches up to 45 kV in July LPP’s research team, with the able help of LPP consulting scientist John Thompson, has unraveled the likely cause of the insulator breakdown we experienced when firing one capacitor at 45 kV. To…

Symmetry solutions to support greater fusion yield


Uneven tungsten pins likely cause of asymmetric firing, lower fusion yields. Continuous knife-edge cathode base, previously produced, is ready for installation in June and expected to bring increase in yield. Soot contamination also to be improved. As LPP’s research team suspected a few weeks ago, uneven tungsten pins at the inner edge of the cathode plate…

January progress: High rez and efficiency, path to higher fusion yield

LPP Report

Summary   In an eventful January in the lab, we have seen evidence for the first time that we have achieved high efficiency of energy transfer into the plasmoid and the beam. More than 15% of total bank energy, over 8 kJ, passed through to the beams. We have made the highest-resolution images ever of…

LPP looks back on 2010, ahead to fusion breakthrough in 2011


An overview of accomplishments, challenges, and goals for LPPhysics: Progress over the past year—Where are we and where are we going? You can find additional background with this report at the Focus Fusion Society. In this web write-up, we will be taking a longer view than our monthly reports, looking back over the entire past year’s…