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Videos Gain New Visibility

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In a sign of growing interest in new ideas in cosmology, the first video in LPPFusion’s ongoing series on “The Real Crisis in Cosmology” has now received nearly 150,000 views, far more than our other videos. We expect that this will attract new interest as well to our work in fusion. Lerner recently participated in…

Plasma Simulation Advances

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Another simulation LPPFusion is working on is modeling the early stages of the current sheath within the plasma. This original simulation software is being developed by LPPFusion Simulations Researcher Dr. Warwick Dumas. It differs from the most common plasma simulations, called MHD, in accurately distinguishing the way electrons and ions behave when they are moving…

Major Software Upgrades Aid Thermal, Mechanical Simulations

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Our CIO, Ivy Karamitsos, carried out a major IT upgrade thanks to the Wefunder crowdfunding investments that we gained this March. The upgrade cost just under $40K, but it was a long overdue investment into our infrastructure as we needed improved in-house capabilities for our engineering drawing software and simulation productions. We also purchased SolidWorks…

ICCD Video Reveals Shocks

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A full sequence of images of the current sheath of LPPFusion’s FF-2B experimental device shows that a shock wave is the most likely proximate cause of the disruption of filaments that has limited fusion energy yield. Our rapidly-advancing effort to provide new switches for FF-2B provides a path to eliminating the oscillations that cause these…

Lerner to Speak on Energy, Finance and Coronavirus—Online May 17

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Eric Lerner will be speaking Sunday, May 17 at an online Teach-in on the Coronavirus: Causes, Impact and Our Response. He will be speaking on “Energy, Finance and the Coronavirus”. The presentation will explain how fossil fuel use contributed to the pandemic. It will also show how the collapse of oil prices in March motivated…

Fusion Documentary “Let There Be Light” Airs in France, Germany, Japan

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The documentary film “Let There be Light”, which features our work at LPPFusion, has recently been broadcast in translated version on French, German and Japanese TV. The French version is also available now here: https://youtu.be/xd5MlhysI_U. The film, made by EyesteelFilm of Canada in 2017, tells the story of fusion energy research by concentrating on two…

LPPFusion is Hiring!

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For the first time in years, we are expanding our staff by seeking to hire another researcher to accelerate our fusion effort. This will be a full-time permanent position in one of the most exciting fusion energy research efforts in the world. We seek a research electrical engineer who will assist in all aspects of…

Beryllium Decreases Electrode Erosion

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While the cracks were bad news, our inspection of the beryllium anode also brought good news. The erosion of the electrode near the insulator has markedly decreased with the beryllium electrode as compared with our previous tungsten electrode. This erosion and roughening, seen clearly in Figure 3a of our last tungsten anode caused an asymmetric…

Anode Cracks; Another Design on The Way

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Just as the LPPFusion research team was about to resume firing in March, we discovered that FF-2B’s anode was cracked. We’ve used the shutdown time, necessitated by both the crack and the coronavirus, to complete the design of our new switches, and to redesign the anode. We’re aiming to resume firing with these crucial new…

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…