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Subject: Re: Lightning
Date: Aug 03, 8:42 am
Poster: Richard Hull

On Aug 03, 8:42 am, Richard Hull wrote:

>Thats not what I ment, put it this way-- what would happen if a tremendious amount of energy were to be dischared into the fusor reaction chamber? A discharge like that from a marx generator or something.


This is already being done by Miley and others. This has been talked about in past posts. The neutron or fusion rate is a function of current into the fusor (once fusion begins.)

So, if you blast in enough current, the rate goes up. I have discussed on this BBS using a hydrogen thyratron to do just this. A small fusor of 6" diameter would have no trouble supporting megawatt pulse levels delivered by a suitable hydrogen thyratron. (kiloamp pulses) The fusion rate would go through the roof, but only in short pulses. The average fusion rate would remain quiet low. It would be tough to actually measure the neutron rate as their would be to many neutrons in too short a time interval. Probably Indium-neutron activation might be the only real way to get data in such a system.

You can't get something for nothing in this system. Either you get a tremendous blast of fusion for a microsecond or two, waiting 1000 times the pulse on time for cooling, or you get a steady low level output over time. The power in will always determine the net, integrated fusion level. That is the integrated time rate of energy delivery.

Richard Hull