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Microwave Power is Up, Testing Still Underway

Based on tests conducted in May, the LPPFusion research team decided that more microwave power was needed to clean the oxides off our tungsten electrodes. The oxides, which break up easily when heated, had been contributing impurities to the plasma and limiting fusion yield. We decided to mount two kW microwave magnetrons on a single…

Student Intern Helps to Unravel Ion Beams

The ion beams that FF-1 produces during a shot are an important feature of its operation. In the present experimental phase of our work, the energy of the ion beams give one measurement of the energy transferred into the tiny plasmoid that produces the fusion reactions. The current of the ion beams is also a…

Beryllium Cathode Arrives

The long-awaited beryllium cathode arrived at LPPFusion’s Middlesex lab on August 18. Since the beryllium anodes have been in hand for some months, this completes the delivery of the electrodes that are needed for the next crucial step in the Focus Fusion experimental program. This will be the first time beryllium electrodes are used in…

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…

Microwave vs Oxide Fight Heats Up

The LPP Fusion research team’s ongoing effort to clean off the oxides from the electrodes of our FF-1 experimental fusion device has made progress, but is not completed yet. We’ve succeeded in doubling the temperature of the microwave-heated plasma that does the cleaning. We also have convincing evidence that the oxides are still the source…

New Video Ranks Top Fusion Project Results–Small Start-Up Leads Many Giants

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“The New Fusion Race” is available on YouTube and Vimeo.   LPP Fusion released on April 10, 2017 a new video series, “The New Fusion Race”, providing the first ranking of the world’s leading efforts to achieve fusion energy. The film compares objective measures of the results that various projects have achieved in the race…

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…