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Subject: Re: FusionStar
Date: Feb 15, 09:06 am
Poster: Richard Hull

On Feb 15, 09:06 am, Richard Hull wrote:

>This is an example of why private researchers in the energy field end up discouraged and take secrets to their grave! Corporations steal dreams. Calvin and I discovered "Star-mode" via specially coated electrodes. This has been fully documented on the internet and at public conferences last year.


I thought I had "discovered" star mode, and named it too, in mid 1997. It is a natural and seemingly obvious name for the hollow cathode recirculation mode's visual appearance.

I was wrong.

The first recorded use of the term "star" mode referencing what we have observed was first coined, as far as my research goes, by George Miley's group working with the newer fusor reseraches at the University of Illinois, Urbana. This term they coined and published images of superb star modes as early as 1995! Miley is very, very protective of this "first". Actually he only has the word "star" to his group's credit. I have a photo in my possession taken September 3 1963 of a beautiful star in one of the original Farnsorth team's fusors.

No coating is needed to make stars in H-Cathode devices. It is actually impossible to avoid them in well made devices of this type!

As far as patents go well I leave those fights to those who still believe in and trust the patent system.

It is possible the Langmuir and Blodgett as early as 1929 might have observed the stars as they were the first to investigate H cathode devices, but not for fusion at all.

Farnsworth's team is the first to have photographic evidence of star mode (circa 1963). Miley is the first to publish with the word "star" referencing the visual appearance of H cathode operational mode (circa 1995). Likewise, Miley has trooped out to many conferences pushing the fusor over the last 7 or 8 years. Again, he is very protective of his position in this regard and he and Daimler Benz Aerospace hold several patent 5 yearrs old on many of the processes specific to their little fusor world. (Also rabidly guarded and protected.)

All of this stuff is the result of my research into the history of the fusor and IEC fusion. I hope to write a short book on the subject someday soon.

Good luck with yor efforts.

Richard Hull