Friday, May 02, 2008

Tom Ligon's Latest Fusion Article

Tom has graciously provided a pdf of his most recent Analog article The World’s Simplest Fusion Reactor Revisited for your edification and enjoyment. Please read the following and then follow the link provided for your own copy. Tom sends his regards to all. Enjoy!

Copyright 2007, 2008, by Tom Ligon. This article was first published in the January-February 2008 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Special edition with postscript for and This document may be downloaded, printed out, or linked from other sites, but please do not re-post it on other websites, or re-publish it, without the author’s permission. If corrections or updates are needed, I’d like a limited number of copies to track down.

The World’s Simplest Fusion Reactor Revisited


The experiment is underway with results expected some time this year: WB-7 First Plasma.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


Karridine said...

Well, I read the PDF, and understood it all, thanks to Tom Ligon's brilliant simplification of the physical dynamics and his clear writing!

What he reports is VERY EXCITING to me, and I see that with the next prototype we'll break-through to some REALLY BENEFICIAL results & learning!

With these studies, observations and results being shared at the speed of internet, there WILL be a convergence of excellent minds, focused on this dynamic and swiftly-crystallizing challenge!

One thing that was not clear to me is the final coupling, the final output, MSimon... where (or how or why) do we get the excess of energy when the controlled fusion starts?

M. Simon said...

If I understand your question correctly:

The energy output is due to the conversion of matter to energy.

ie. 3 Heliums weigh less than a Boron 11 plus a Hydrogen.

Or in the case of Deuterium - 1 Helium weighs less than 2 Deuteriums.