Salutations from Washington State, U.S.A.!

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Leonardo Chen
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Salutations from Washington State, U.S.A.!

Post by Leonardo Chen » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:59 am

Hello everybody, I am a twelve-year-old boy who loves science and engineering. I am currently building a demonstation fusor which I hope to amp up to an actual fusing fusor afterwards.

JoeBallantyne
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Re: Salutations from Washington State, U.S.A.!

Post by JoeBallantyne » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:49 am

Welcome Leonardo! Where do you live in Washington?

JoeBallantyne
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Re: Salutations from Washington State, U.S.A.!

Post by JoeBallantyne » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:43 am

Seems like you deleted the post where you said where you were from (was it Oroville?) and asked me what I was doing on fusor.net.

My response is that I am here doing what I hope you will do also, which is primarily learning, and on rare occasions adding my 2 cents to the conversation.

I have managed to accumulate pretty much everything needed to build a fusor. (Some things - like vacuum chambers - many times over.)

Looks like I will also be able to retire sometime in the next year or so, so hopefully either this year or early next year, I will put together V1. Once retired I plan to focus exclusively on building and testing various ideas I have had related to fusors.

IMO, the only thing that really matters is the Q. And there are many orders of magnitude of improvement required. (Like 8 or 9 for a typical fusor.)

So that will be my focus. Improving the Q, with an ultimate goal of Q > 1.

No one else has managed to get there (except for the hydrogen bomb folks, but we're not trying to make anything that explodes), so realistically I won't get to Q > 1 either, but I'm still going to try.

I want to be that lucky donkey that Richard keeps talking about. :-)

Although I will say, that luck will probably not have much to do with the success of whoever it is that gets to Q > 1. More like lots and lots of work, and many outstandingly good ideas. I also think the successful effort will likely also end up being relatively inexpensive. The 1-100 billion dollar boondoggles will not likely cross the Q > 1 finish line first.

Joe.

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