Friday, August 29, 2008

Fusion Report 29 August 2008

Alan Boyle has the latest on the EMC2 fusion experiments.

Researchers have finished the first phase of an unorthodox, low-cost nuclear fusion experiment that has generated a megawatt's worth of buzz on the Internet – and they are now waiting for a verdict from their federal funders on whether to proceed to the next phase.

Richard Nebel, leader of the research team at EMC2 Fusion in New Mexico, declined to detail the results of the project, saying that was up to the people paying the bills. But he did said “we have had some success" in the effort to reproduce the promising results reported by the late physicist Robert Bussard.

"It's kind of a mix," he said.
That is a disappointment. However it is not completely negative so maybe further work is warranted.
Nebel said his leave from Los Alamos is due to reach the one-year mark in mid-September, but he doesn't foresee any problem in extending the leave if the second-phase funding comes through. Whether or not the Navy funds the next phase, the past year's effort has been worth it, Nebel said. "We're generally happy with what we've been getting out of it, and we've learned a tremendous amount," he said.

All that learning won't go away. "Regardless of what happens to it, we're going to get this thing well written up and documented," Nebel said.

Getting the experiment's findings down on paper will help the EMC2 team - or future teams of fusion researchers - advance the legacy left behind by Bussard. And that's a fitting tribute to the unconventional physicist as the calendar rolls toward the anniversary of his death.

"Bob Bussard was a truly innovative person, that's abundantly clear," Nebel said. "I hope he will be remembered for that. I think that will be the case."
You will note that yours truly (IEC Fusion Technology blog) got a link from Mr. Boyle. I'm honored. If you haven't seen the material before read the link he gave Tom Ligon. And if you are interested in following the progress to date read Fusion Report 13 June 008 which has links to previous reports.

I can't wait to read the full report.

H/T Correspondent Charles Connors.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

7 comments:

99% said...

Read the report? I'm stunned -- I thought that a fusion expert like you would be called in for the peer review.

M. Simon said...

My specialty is engineering not physics.

I get called in when they want my expertise in creating objects.

99% said...

And exactly who has "called you in" regarding engineering design of fusion reactors?

I'll bet there's three people that are big fans of your talents:

You. Yourself. And You.

99% said...

Oh yes, that’s right. You must be referring to the “many” who consider you to be “one of the top experts in the field” as you claimed here. Just a little tip for you: To be an expert requires that you have some (usually lots) of experience in the field. As best I can gather, your experience in fusion systems engineering amounts to nothing more than writing blog entries.

It must be nice to live in a world of self-delusion all the time. Keep up the great work, genius. I think the folks from Stockholm usually call in the middle of the night to let you know that you’ve won, so don’t be alarmed when the phone rings.

M. Simon said...

It is nice to have such an attentive fan.

I hope it keeps you up at night.

99% said...

Great response, Msimon -- I knew you couldn't resist. Dare I say an "expert" response???

Jeremy said...

It is m.simons blog which alerted me to the Bussard project in the first place, thus galvanising petition action to the DOD for WB7 funding as well as personal contributions to the New Mexico foundation. I would say I got around 30 people involved financially. All due to m.simons blog. What have YOU done, 99, you toolish troll?