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Since we started publishing our ground breaking results in the past two years, there have been a handful of peer-reviewed papers citing our work. All citations have either been favorable, or matter-of fact, none of them critical.


The first, and perhaps most significant reaction came in May, 2012, with the publication in the Journal of Fusion Energy of a paper by S. Abolhasani, M. Habibi, and R. Amrollahi, “Analytical Study of Quantum Magnetic and Ion Viscous Effects on p11B Fusion in Plasma Focus Devices”. The paper studied in greater detail the “quantum magnetic field effect” we discussed in our Journal of Fusion Energy paper in 2011, citing our work and for the first time independently confirming our calculations showing that ignition and net energy gain can be achieved with pB11 (hydrogen-boron) fuel, the key to obtaining aneutronic fusion energy. “According to the results of this paper”, they concluded, “…it could be said that p11B fuelled plasma focus device is a clean and efficient source of energy.”


More recently, in the December, 2012 issue of IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, M. Krishnan, in a broad survey of the plasma focus field, cited our work for our use of a smaller anode to obtain higher fusion yield. “The recent work of Lerner et al[our JOFE paper] used a smaller anode at much higher pressure, and so, it is no surprise that his neutron outputs are higher than those measured on PF-1000 [the world’s most powerful plasma focus device in Warsaw].” It is gratifying when our peers not only cite our work as achieving better results, but  also say “it is no surprise” that our innovations of smaller anodes, explained in our 2007 patent, should produce these good results.


The same author and B. Bures in a November, 2012 paper in Physics of Plasmas use our results, along with many others, for their study of fusion yield in plasma focus devices. While they don’t highlight this, it is clear from Figure 1 of their paper that our results lie about a factor of 3 above the trend line of other similar devices.


Finally our new paper, in Physics of Plasmas, has been cited by P. Kubes et al in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion as an example of observations of high magnetic fields.