Samuel Berman Fusor Progress (Plasma)

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Samuel Berman
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Samuel Berman Fusor Progress (Plasma)

Post by Samuel Berman » Wed May 09, 2018 1:11 am

I am planning to build a small conflat cross style fusor during the summer and do some real fusion. However, I decided to try to build a small demo fusor with parts I just had laying around. I used a cheap ebay pump and a microwave oven transformer. I know these parts are not capable of any real fusion but I was able to achieve a plasma. So, I would like to apply for the plasma club.
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Re: Samuel Berman Fusor Progress (Plasma)

Post by Richard Hull » Wed May 09, 2018 3:50 am

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Re: Samuel Berman Fusor Progress (Plasma)

Post by Samuel Berman » Wed May 23, 2018 5:31 am

I have now created an upgraded system with a variac for controlling voltage and a larger jar as a chamber. With the addition of the variac I am able to control the plasma much better. Before, there would be arcing and the plasma was unstable. I'm surprised how little voltage it takes to create a glow discharge (probably under 500 volts for the pictures). While testing, I turned the voltage up too high and some smoke came out of my variac. Surprisingly it still works. I will make sure not to repeat that again.
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