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Looking Back—2018 Highlights

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Technical Milestones: Completed experiments with tungsten electrodes Observational confirmation of the destruction of filaments Publication of cosmology results in leading journal—Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Non-Technical Milestones: Over $950,000 investments from Wefunder Over $300,000 gift to Focus Fusion Society for aneutronic fusion research EU patent granted Founding of Fusion Industry Association Successful LPPF…

Plans for the New Experiments

Since our new experiments will start soon, we thought this is a good time to summarize for everyone, including those who have only started following us recently, what our plans for the experiments are, what we hope to accomplish and why we think we can get good results. The basic plan is to increase the…

Proton-Boron (p11B) Fuel Arrives

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The high-purity proton-boron (p11B) fuel we will be using in our experiments later in 2019 arrived at LPPF’s NJ facility on Dec. 22. The fuel is in the form of the compound decaborane (chemical formula B10H14) with 99.9999% chemical purity. The boron in the fuel is 99.9% boron-11, the isotope that reacts with hydrogen (protons)…

Axial Field Coil, New Switches Assembled

LPPFusion’s research team, working steadily to prepare for the new beryllium electrode experiments, has accomplished two big tasks. First, Research Scientist Dr. Syed Hassan designed and installed the new Axial Field Coil (AFC) in the vacuum chamber. This copper wire coil controls the spin on the plasmoid in our Focus Fusion device. It carries a…

Anode Heating Studies Advance

  Figure 4. Lerner, center, and engineers Gerry Black, left and Mike Ruthemeyer, right, pause for a photo-op in the midst of discussions of ways to reduce heating of the DPF anode. Black and Ruthemeyer have advanced further in simulations of the anode tip heating, which they confirm is far less for beryllium than tungsten…

Assembly Begins for Beryllium Electrode Experiments

The LPPF research team has begun the re-assembly of the Focus Fusion experimental device for the long-awaited experiments with beryllium electrodes. With the new glove box for handling the electrodes now installed, the first step was to attach new windows to the vacuum chamber (Figure 1). Two of the new larger windows are now protected…

Analysis of Tungsten Data Prepares New Experiments

Right before shutting down to dissemble, the research team took some final ICCD images of the early stages of the pulse, taking images both earlier and later than the series obtained in April. What the images showed is a somewhat more complex history of filament formation and destruction. In the first 75 ns or so,…

New Vacuum Chamber Arrives As Beryllium Assembly Nears

With assembly of the new beryllium electrodes into the Focus Fusion experimental device expected to start within weeks, new equipment is flowing to the LPPF lab in Middlesex, NJ. Our new vacuum chamber, (Fig.1) will provide far better views of the device operation through its three six-inch windows. The chamber has been annealed at high…

Filament Images Confirm LPPFusion Theory

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Since 2014, the LPPFusion research team has theorized that heavy metal impurities have limited fusion yields by disrupting the dense filaments that formed early in each shot of the FF-1 plasma focus device. Because the filaments are the first stage of compressing the hot plasma, disrupting them before the main compression phase that forms the…

Upgraded Vacuum Chamber Designed and Ordered

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As part of LPPFusion’s preparations for our upcoming experiments with beryllium electrodes and pB11 fuel, we are upgrading our experimental equipment. Research Physicist Syed Hassan has completed a re-design of our vacuum chamber. The key change is to enlarge and reposition the viewing windows. The chamber will now have three six-inch windows, instead of just…