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Subject: Re: Fusor uses for microwaves:
Date: Aug 22, 7:24 pm
Poster: Pierce Nichols

On Aug 22, 7:24 pm, Pierce Nichols wrote:

>But if you do some designing I'll bet you'll find it unfeasable to generate over a few kilovolts above 10 MHz. Your transformer (1/4 wave line) will have a lower Z than your fusor electrodes.

Using microwaves to produce very high potential gradients is a standard technique in particle accelerators. Also, I don't see any one antenna as carrying hundreds of kVs -- I see a group of antennae exciting a spherical standing RF wave within the fusor chamber that itself reaches peaks and valleys of 100s of kV. Resonant frequency is easy enough to calculate for RF in the absence of plasma. The question in my mind is what effect does plasma have on that frequency?