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Subject: Re: Alpha particles
Date: Jun 02, 8:26 am
Poster: Jim Lux

On Jun 02, 8:26 am, Jim Lux wrote:

>I've been enjoying looking thru Richard Hull's web site.
>One thing that caught my attention was the photo of Tim Rainey's alpha particle detector.
>I was wondering if it was possible for alpha particles produced in fusor III to punch through the wall of the fusor, and if so would there be enough of them left to be detected by the alpha particle detector.

Alpha particles, being helium nuclei, are quite large, and just about anything will stop them, including a few inches of air. The walls of the fusor would stop a typical alpha. You might be able to build a detector with very thin walls built into the side of the fusor.