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FF-2B Recovers from Minor Accident

Be with Vacuum Chamber

While we would love to cheer our readers with some exciting news form the lab, this past month we have been held up by a minor accident and our (mostly successful) efforts to recover from it. On Jan. 20, at 4:00 AM, on a holiday, our lab suffered a brief power outage. Although all our…

Our Plan to Get to Net…Energy

Focus Fusion Generator – CAD Drawing

During the Wefunder campaign, people have asked us: how can we expect to go rapidly from where we are to net energy—when we get more energy out of the device than we put in? We gave them an explanation. Since many people have told us how useful this information is, we are featuring it in…

Images Catch FF-2B in Action

These new images from inside our Focus-Fusion-2B experimental device show the development of the filaments of current (bright thin parallel lines) in the early stages of each pulse. The filaments are a crucial step in compressing and heating the plasma to get fusion reactions. The images, taken with our ICCD camera using an exposure time…

X-rays Show: FF-2B’s Best Shot is All Hot!

The latest data from LPPFusion’s lab shows that all the plasma in our tiny fusion plasmoid is hot, not just some of it. Hot in this case means 600 million degrees K, sixty times hotter than the center of the sun. This new result shows that our results are being fairly compared with those of…

Plasma Focus Researchers Agree on Key Point

LPP Fusion LOGO

At a workshop in Warsaw, Poland, plasma focus researchers from around the world agreed on a key aspect of the functioning of the plasma focus device and clarified what we still disagree about. The key point we unanimously agreed on is that in plasma focus devices with large currents, the fusion reactions are caused by…

Oscillations Down, Fusion Yield Up

LPPFusion’s efforts to reduce troublesome oscillations in our FF-2B experimental fusion device have started to make progress. On October 21, we cut the highest-frequency oscillations in half, and increased fusion yield by 30% over our best previous shot with FF-2B. This puts fusion energy yield at 1/8 joule (one joule is one watt-second). Is 1/8…

Tracking Down FF-2B’s Problematic Oscillations

After-Shot-2-August-27-2019-Main-Trigger

LPPFusion’s research team continued to track down the causes of the asymmetric gas-to-plasma breakdown (start of the electrical current flow) and the associated, problematic, early current oscillations in FF-2B’s pulses. We’ve made progress in isolating the causes of these early oscillations. This is now the main focus of our research and it will probably take…

NJ Legislature to Fund Fusion? See LPPFusion Presentation at NJ Fusion Symposium

State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

  Following the May 23 Fusion Symposium that his office organized in Trenton, NJ, State Senator Joe Pennachio (R-26) is drafting and introducing into the NJ Senate a series of bills to aid fusion research. At the symposium, LPPFusion’s Lerner gave a presentation on a Faster Route to Fusion, advocating a crash program that funds…

Annual Fusion Conference in Poland Helps LPPFusion Plan Next Steps

Oscillations in Shot 6 on June 7, 2016

  Science is a collective effort and at this conference, as others, LPPFusion received valuable information from our colleagues. While many devices are used in fusion energy research, the plasma is the same everywhere, so results with one device can be used in experiments with others. In particular Lerner got vital clues to the next…

LPPFusion Reports Highest Plasma Purity at PLASMA 2019 Conference

  At the PLASMA 2019 conference in Opole, Poland July 15-19, LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric Lerner presented experimental evidence that our fusion device, FF-2B, has met our initial goal of achieving low-impurity plasma. In other presentations at the conference, and in discussions, it emerged that the purity level achieved by FF-2B is well beyond that…