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Subject: Re: Tesla Coil
Date: Oct 03, 9:12 pm
Poster: Pierce Nichols

On Oct 03, 9:12 pm, Pierce Nichols wrote:

>Heat *is* kinetic energies on the ions. However, I think I understand what you are saying. You only wish to have the kinetic energy on one axis which is parallel to the the fusor radii.

True, but you usually treat ion temperature and ion drift velocity seperately. This is because the temperature of an ion is measure in the frame of the average velocity of the particle. You want the magnitude of those random motions as small as possible.

>Shock waves would only be most notable well inside of the grid, where the constant bouncing back and forth through the center have already assumed a Maxwellian distribution, just as in the core of a star. IE, the kinetic energies are appearing as hot plasma. Any shock waves only only contribute to the effect. At the center, your are dealing with a tiny _thermo_nuclear reaction.

The idea of a fusor, as I understand it, is to pull fusion *OUT* of the thermal space and into the velocity space, i.e. thermonuclear effects are bad news, interfere with the main show, and in general should be supressed for the sake of efficiency.