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Fusion Footsteps

posted Nov 19, 2009, 6:32 AM by Brian O'Sullivan   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 2:14 PM ]

LLNL, NIF, stirs experimental interest around the globe.

· Mysterious DU hohlraum finish the job


· Nuclei = neutrons + protons

· Electrons match proton count

· Quasi-stable state (unless no fear)

· Plasma atoms sometimes merge and give off spurious neutron (captured audience)

· Brand new plasma cocktails (strong)


DU vs. Gold hohlraum shell

The hohlraum bites the dust from the x-rays & shock waves

The first three shock waves use the gold lining in DU hohlraum gets underway

The final fourth shock wave from DU averts the dreaded pressure coast


Still is no central point ignition.   Who is counting?

 (4-18MeV kindling for the capsule yields one trillion fusion reactions per shot)

Reflective tensile strength of hohlraum helps Newton's laws of motion

Long-lived components and low-cost DPSS lasers might help more


In six months may want to tilt scales in favor of star ignition

(15-30% stronger lasers, effective shock waves, DU fission)

Keep it simple stupid … … Royal Order of Torn Shirt Tail


posted Nov 15, 2009, 5:15 AM by Brian O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 13, 2011, 6:07 PM ]



posted Nov 12, 2009, 7:18 AM by Brian O'Sullivan   [ updated May 18, 2012, 7:14 AM ]

Original SullySky pages were basic, eh?   
Favorites, test of time (material testing)
Consistent, third derivative = 0 (by definition)


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