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Beryllium Cathode Needs Final Touches

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While we had expected to receive the beryllium cathode in mid-March, the part did not pass Hardric Labs’ internal inspection. The machining tool had inadvertently bounced off the bottom of each of the 16 vanes that are the main parts of the cathode, creating tiny nicks on the neighboring vanes. Since the machining process is…

LPPFusion Statement on US Immigration: We Support Freedom of Movement for ALL

LPPFusion joins with hundreds of high-tech firms and tens of millions of people in condemning President Trump’s Executive Order banning entry from seven nations. We support the inalienable right of freedom of movement for all.   Eighty percent of LPPFusion’s team are immigrants, born outside of the United States. We are part of the great…

Beryllium Cathode Nears Completion

Hardric Labs in Massachusetts has reported to LPPFusion that its work on machining the new beryllium cathode (fig.4) is nearing completion and they expect to ship the finished piece in early March, only a few weeks behind their initial schedule. Since the beryllium anodes have already been received at the Middlesex NJ lab, we will…

New Experiment Starts: Optimizing Microwave Treatments to Reduce Oxide Impurities

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Focus Fusion-1, LPPFusion’s experimental fusion device, resumed firing January 30 to start our final set of experiments with tungsten electrodes. Our initial results showed that we still need more work to reduce the tungsten oxides that have fed impurities into our plasma. We are now optimizing the microwave treatments that can strip oxygen off the…

Focus Fusion Song and Poetry Contest

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In another effort to get the word out more broadly, LPPFusion is announcing the first Focus Fusion Song and Poetry contest. We’re inviting all of you to submit songs, raps, or poems that are relevant to our efforts to get cheap, clean, safe and unlimited energy. You can submit them as videos, audio files, or…

Meetings Help Spread Word on Focus Fusion

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Starting October 5, LPPFusion and the Focus Fusion Society have been organizing educational meetings on the “New Fusion Race.” The aim of the meetings is to give an objective picture of where the race to practical fusion power stands and where our Focus Fusion efforts are within that race. In a nutshell, as previously reported…

Calculations Explain Destruction of Filaments

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It’s clear that the existence or non-existence of filaments—dense vortices of current and plasma—in the current sheet has a huge impact on the functioning of FF-1, because the filaments are the first stage of compressing the plasma. The disruption of the filaments is a key reason for lower-than-expected fusion yields in past experiments. Yet, while…

Observations Strengthen Theory

New observations over the past month have lent support to the hypotheses LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric Lerner has put forward to explain the erosion of the tungsten electrodes in the last experiment. In turn, the strengthening of these hypotheses has concretized plans for the next experiment. First, at the ICDMP conference in Poland, Dr. Monika…

Assembly Begins for New Tungsten Experiments

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LPPFusion’s research team started to re-assemble our experimental fusion device, FF-1 at the beginning of December to prepare for new experiments with pure tungsten and a shorter electrode. The first step is to coat part of the 10-cm long tungsten anode with indium, a soft metal. The indium will be squeezed against narrow circular ridges…

Summer Intern(s) Needed

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As in many past summers, next summer LPPFusion will be hiring one or two interns for 2017. We invite undergraduate and graduate students in physics, chemistry or any engineering field to apply for these paid, full time summer positions. Interns will be helping out as needed in the lab, but will also work on special…