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Subject: Re: Stripping - the answer???
Date: Nov 19, 0:14 am
Poster: Richard Hull

On Nov 19, 0:14 am, Richard Hull wrote:

The cross sections for fusion on the low energy side of the tail have been exhaustively investigated (and indeed are vital for conventional efforts). The possibility for d-d reaction exists at >10kev energies, and has been demonstrated and documented.


Absolutely! I start getting out of the mud neutron counts in and around 11kv, but the counter isn't obviously clicking a full order of magnitude above background until about 17 kv. RH

>I too, will ignore the nay-sayers and get on with business. I'll be looking for high energy protons with a semiconductor detector, so I will be able to directly detect and measure energy of reaction products, as pulse height is a direct function of energy for these detectors. Given the way things are going, I'm not expecting results until some time next year, but even the plodders get there eventually.....


I consider myself a plodder as well. Slow, baby steps teach better than anything. There is a lot of knowledge to absorb along the way to enhance our studies.

Francis Bacon's Essay on "Studies" ought to be mandatory reading for every student and scientist.

His prose is some of the most complicated in structure within the english language, but his messages are always powerful and worth the extra strain on the brain.

I quote as small portion and condense his exact words below.

"Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability......To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affectation; to make judgements wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar. They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience; for natural studies are like natural plants, that they need prunning by study; and studies themselves do give forth direction too much at large, except they be bounded by experience. Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them and above them, won by observation. Read not to contradict and confute nor to believe and take for granted nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider."

Richard Hull