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Tracking Down FF-2B’s Problematic Oscillations

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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…

Beryllium Experiments Begin with FF-2B: Impurities Low, Yield Rising

After nearly a year of preparation, on June 4th LPPFusion’s research team started a new series of experiments using for the first time beryllium electrodes in a plasma focus device (Fig.1). Before starting, we renamed our device Focus Fusion 2B or FF-2B for short. The new name stands for Beryllium electrodes and Boron fuel—which we…

How We Prepared the New Experiment

  It took us five months of intensive work to assemble FF-2B with its new beryllium electrodes. The safety requirements of dealing with beryllium to ensure that none of us were exposed to beryllium dust was one safety concern that slowed us down. But in the process, we have succeeded in greatly upgrading our experimental…

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…