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Russian DPF beats NIF and hits 30 J with deuterium-tritium


Many news outlets widely—and inaccurately—reported new results from the huge National Ignition Facility (NIF) as achieving the long sought- after goal of breakeven for fusion. What NIF in fact reported was a fusion yield of 17 kJ, more than the energy actually absorbed by the fuel pellet. The total input energy to the machine was…

Tungsten electrodes on their way with improved anode design


Tungsten electrodes are on their way with improved anode design This news item is part of LPP’s February 2014 progress report.  Download the full report as a PDF here.  Discuss this news item on the Focus Fusion Society forums here. The tungsten electrodes needed for LPP’s next set of experiments are rolling forward. The electrodes are needed…

Independent simulations support LPP predictions at Singapore conference


This news item is part of LPP’s December 30th, 2013 report–Download the full report in PDF format here.  Join the discussion of this news item at the Focus Fusion Society forums here. Independent simulations support LPP predictions at Singapore conference   Ion beam generation is critical for the functioning of a plasma focus device and will be…

New theoretical insights explain super-hot plasmoids


New theoretical work shows how FF-1 gets ions to 1.8 billion C.  Iranian group- independently confirms LPP theory (Apologies for length of this important item!) Theoretical insights and calculations by LPP’s Chief Scientist Eric Lerner and our new summer graduate student, Ahmad Talaei of Utah State University, as well as work by an independent group…

Machining challenges lead to new cathode design


Will new “Fusion Crown” make FoFu-1 king of clean energy? Time will tell, but in any case “The Teeth that Chew the Sheath” are getting an updgrade! Since FoFu-1’s ceramic insulator broke in late January, damaging the nearby cathode base, we’ve been working to make the ceramic more robust while also improving the cathode design…

Acceptance to Physics of Plasmas confirms LPP is hot!


Acceptance of latest results to Physics of Plasmas confirms this energy start-up is hot! One point eight billion degrees. Yes, that’s billion with a “b,”  LPP’s team received word February 27th that a paper describing our achievement of fusion reactions from ions confined at energies equivalent to over 1.8 billion degrees C was accepted by Physics of…

2011 achievements and goals for 2012

LPP Report

LPP is proud to highlight the main developments of the past year, and the next steps we intend to take in completing the research phase in 2012. To review, in 2010 we achieved two key goals—confirming the generation of ion energies of over 100 keV (one billion degrees) and increasing the efficiency of energy transfer…

DPF collaboration formed


On Sept. 17, fifteen experienced DPF researchers from Europe, Asia and the United States met at a workshop in Warsaw, Poland, and agreed to set up a closer web-based collaboration network. The workshop was organized by the International Scientific Committee of the International Centre for Dense Magnetized Plasmas, a group of several dozen DPF researchers….