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Anode Heating Studies Advance

  Figure 4. Lerner, center, and engineers Gerry Black, left and Mike Ruthemeyer, right, pause for a photo-op in the midst of discussions of ways to reduce heating of the DPF anode. Black and Ruthemeyer have advanced further in simulations of the anode tip heating, which they confirm is far less for beryllium than tungsten…

Plasma Focus Researchers Discuss Progress in Warsaw

In addition to LPPFusion, two other experimental groups in Poland expect to be testing hydrogen-boron fuel in a plasma focus device in 2019. This was a key highlight of the annual International Centre for Dense Magnetized Plasma workshop in Warsaw, October 4 and 5. The workshop is a summit meeting for researchers using the plasma…

Assembly Begins for Beryllium Electrode Experiments

The LPPF research team has begun the re-assembly of the Focus Fusion experimental device for the long-awaited experiments with beryllium electrodes. With the new glove box for handling the electrodes now installed, the first step was to attach new windows to the vacuum chamber (Figure 1). Two of the new larger windows are now protected…

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…