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LPPFusion Briefs the Nuclear Industry Council’s Summit

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In our last conference and travel for a while, LPPFusion’s President and Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner traveled to Knoxville, TN on February 12 to help brief about 150 engineers and managers in the nuclear industry on the status of fusion energy research. His presentation was part of a panel at the United States Nuclear…

FF-2B Recovers from Minor Accident

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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…

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…

Song Contest Winner Announced!

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The votes, all 63 of them, are in and we have our winners in our Fusion Song Parody contest. First Prize, with 24 votes to “Fusion for Everyone” written by 2-time contest winner and still champion, Gregory N. Ranky! Second Prize, with 16 votes, to “Age of Beryllium” written by Chief Scientist Eric Lerner. Third…

Fred Van Roessel (1937-2019)

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We have the sad duty to report that our friend, colleague and team member Fred Van Roessel has died. He suffered a fatal stroke on Tuesday, November 26 and died without regaining consciousness on November 28. Fred was LPPFusion’s Electrical Engineer. Fred came to work with LPPFusion in 2010, only six months after our FF-1…

Fusion Song Contest Extended to Dec. 1

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We are extending our fusion song parody contest by one month. We ask that contestants send links to professional videos of the songs that they are parodying, so people get the idea of the tune. Since LPPFusion staff have submitted entries, we will be judging winners through internet voting by all of you, starting Dec….

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…

LPPFusion in Brooklyn on November 13

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LPPFusion President and Chief Scientist will be giving the first in-person public update on FF-2B’s progress at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (636 Dean St.) at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The presentation will follow a screening of the award-winning documentary “Let There be Light” about the global fusion research effort. More details…

Fusion Poem and New Song Contest

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A while back we asked focus fusion fans to send in songs and poetry about our project. We got some submissions, but well, we were really, really busy, and somehow, we did not get around to announcing the winner of our contest. Whoops—very sorry! But better late than never so here is the winner, a…