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Subject: plasma circulation
Date: Mar 24, 3:18 pm
Poster: Stephen Coley

On Mar 24, 3:18 pm, Stephen Coley wrote:

The analogy that comes to mind is that your attempting to pour water into a running garden hose. Plasma going in against plasma coming out. Those few Deuterons that make it into the fusion zone must then be lucky enough to hit another Deuteron that has also made it into the "zone" and at an optimum intersection angle. Any idea what the percentages are?

After looking over the patents of both Farnsworth and Jarmusch (yes, I think he's on to something valid) it's obvious the intent in Farnsworth's using ion guns is to reduce the effect of Deuterons moving against the flow of the outward bound plasma (I realize this is all elementary, but please forgive me, I am after all a beginner). Jarmusch proposes to intersect the ions in such a way as to use their natural repulsion as an advantage to promote fusion. All of this is merely useless information if it can't be used in a simple fusor. The point I'm trying to make is that if the Deuterons can be made to follow a predetermined path into the inner grid, perhaps the returning plasma would follow the path of least resistance and move away from the incoming ions there by increasing the numbers of Deuterons entering the fusion zone at fusion energy.

If using a Stainless sphere as an outer grid, at least 8 small points were placed corresponding to the positions proposed by Jarmusch (they don't have to be that accurate!), might we imagine a thin layer of fusion energy Deuterons migrating across the outer grid, each to its closest point, and then jumping headlong into the inner grid? If this were possible would that not create a kind of plasma beam from each point in such a way that numbers of Deuterons in the center of the beam could travel unhindered into the fusion zone? This in turn feeding a stream of electrons, unfused Deuterons, Deuterium, Tritium, etc. back to the outer grid to be reionized and fed into the fusion zone again.

I've posted a crude graphic that might help visualize this at


It seems to take a while to load, sorry.

Like I said, I'm just a beginner and ignorance is bliss.