Sunday, May 17, 2009

An Interview With Tom Ligon



Tom Ligon is an engineer who worked with Dr. Robert Bussard on Polywell Fusion. Tom explains the technology and his work with Dr. Bussard. There are seven videos in the series. You can watch the rest of them here:

Tom Ligon Interview 2
Tom Ligon Interview 3
Tom Ligon Interview 4
Tom Ligon Interview 5
Tom Ligon Interview 6
Tom Ligon Interview 7

My thanks to Matt M. who did the interview and posted the videos.

You can learn the basics of fusion energy by reading Principles of Fusion Energy: An Introduction to Fusion Energy for Students of Science and Engineering.

Polywell is a little more complicated. You can learn more about Polywell and its potential at: Bussard's IEC Fusion Technology (Polywell Fusion) Explained

Why hasn't Polywell Fusion been fully funded by the Obama administration?

Cross Posted at Classical Values

3 comments:

passingthrough said...

if the wb design needs to be pulsed, can several be tied together like a gatling gun?

what would be best for cooling:
running one till thermalization
or say 50% of time to thermalization?

how long does it take to build up enough density for fusion to occur in a cold reactor?

from how long can the stay on and how long to start up, how many would be needed?

they could use a common vacuum chamber and cooling system.

Roger said...

Pulsed because it has no carburetor.

The_Polywell_Guy said...

A Transcript of this film has been created. 27 pages. Lots of good information in this document. You can download a copy here:

http://www.askmar.com/Fusion_files/2010-4-26%20Tom%20Ligon.pdf