Fusion Message Board

In this space, visitors are invited to post any comments, questions, or skeptical observations about Philo T. Farnsworth's contributions to the field of Nuclear Fusion research.

Subject: Re: High pressure D2 fusion
Date: Oct 27, 8:52 pm
Poster: Scott Stephens

On Oct 27, 8:52 pm, Scott Stephens wrote:

>While considering the high pressure lamp scenario for neutron production,
> In the D2 lamp of 1atm. or greater, assuming we could support 20kv across the lamp, (which we cannot), and with a spacing of the arc electrodes of 4mm, that would allow the deuterons to achieve about 5kev/mm of travel. With a mean free path of even 1/100 of a mm, no deuteron could ever exceed 50ev before colliding with a fellow ion and losing energy. In actuality it is far less than even this figure.
>So it appears there can be no fusion is such a high pressure environment according to currently accepted theory.

You only are taking into account the force of electrostatic acceleration. Does current cause acceleration too? I've been perusing papers on compact microwave accelerator technology. The voltages are not that high, but there are high currents and pondermotive forces, and resonant plasma that acts like other resonant systems like mechanical beams and transformers that multiply velocity while conserving momentum. Wakefield, wave collapse and vortices may be present.

Lets not forget Amperian longitudinal forces, and plasma filament focusing. Radiation-reaction warped particles that tunnel may be a cause too.