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Analysis of Tungsten Data Prepares New Experiments

Right before shutting down to dissemble, the research team took some final ICCD images of the early stages of the pulse, taking images both earlier and later than the series obtained in April. What the images showed is a somewhat more complex history of filament formation and destruction. In the first 75 ns or so,…

New Vacuum Chamber Arrives As Beryllium Assembly Nears

With assembly of the new beryllium electrodes into the Focus Fusion experimental device expected to start within weeks, new equipment is flowing to the LPPF lab in Middlesex, NJ. Our new vacuum chamber, (Fig.1) will provide far better views of the device operation through its three six-inch windows. The chamber has been annealed at high…

Simulation Researcher Warwick Dumas Visits Lab

Simulation Researcher Dr. Warwick Dumas, who has been working for LPPFusion remotely from the UK paid a week-long working visit to the lab in June. Dr. Dumas has been developing an ambitious program to simulate the formation—and possible destruction—of filaments in the FF-1 device.     Dr. Dumas (right) and LPPFusion Chief Scientist Lerner share…

Lab Upgrade Completes First Phase

Dr. Syed Hassan Presses Trigger Button

As part of our extensive preparation for our planned experiments with beryllium electrodes, LPPFusion Research Physicist Dr. Syed Hassan has completed the first phase of several major upgrades to our laboratory. The phase involved moving our oscilloscopes, trigger-pulse generators, data computer and other critical electronic equipment into a shielded Faraday cage (Figure 1). A Faraday…

Filament Images Confirm LPPFusion Theory

Sequence Filaments

Since 2014, the LPPFusion research team has theorized that heavy metal impurities have limited fusion yields by disrupting the dense filaments that formed early in each shot of the FF-1 plasma focus device. Because the filaments are the first stage of compressing the hot plasma, disrupting them before the main compression phase that forms the…

Upgraded Vacuum Chamber Designed and Ordered

LPPFusion Vacuum Chamber 3D Render

As part of LPPFusion’s preparations for our upcoming experiments with beryllium electrodes and pB11 fuel, we are upgrading our experimental equipment. Research Physicist Syed Hassan has completed a re-design of our vacuum chamber. The key change is to enlarge and reposition the viewing windows. The chamber will now have three six-inch windows, instead of just…

LPPFusion Granted European Union Patent

EU Patent Office Logo

On April 3, LPPFusion was notified that the European Patent Office had granted its patent application. The new patent, similar to those already granted in the United States, China, Canada and Australia, will cover Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain and Italy. The patent will run through 2026. Only one application, for India still remains…

Thermal Study of Electrodes Begins

Initial Simulation of Heating of the Electrodes in FF-1

The cooling of the plasma focus electrodes, especially the anode, is likely to be the toughest engineering problem to be faced in going from a demonstration of net fusion energy in the lab to a working fusion generator. To get a head start on the problem LPPFusion investor Jerry Black has teamed up with fellow…

New Fusion Industry Alliance Formed, LPPFusion Joins

American Fusion Project & Fusion Consortium

A dozen private fusion companies, including LPPFusion have joined together in an alliance to promote fusion and to try to get government funding for a broad-based approach to fusion. The new alliance consists of a few cooperating organizations—the American Fusion Project (AFP), which seeks to educate the public about the benefits of fusion energy and…

Preparations for Beryllium, Boron Experiments

LPP Fusion LOGO

LPPF is preparing actively for both the experiments with beryllium electrodes expected in the spring and for the shift to hydrogen-boron fuel expected before year-end. The research team is planning the new vacuum system that will ensure that any beryllium dust the machine produces will be safely trapped in filters. As well, efforts are underway…