Switch progress published in JOFEMarch 29, 2011
To maximize fusion yields from LPP’s Focus Fusion-1 device, the science team must maximize current from FoFu-1’s twelve capacitors. That means getting all twelve spark gap switches to fire together. Senior Research Scientist S. Krupakar Murali discusses the innovations and analysis guiding this process as lead author of LPP’s latest peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Fusion Energy. The paper, “Simultaneity of Spark Gap Switch Firing in the Dense Plasma Focus Device,” details the introduction of the first two switch monitors. You can see a video showing success with eight switch monitors (and of course, the switches themselves!) here.