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Subject: Penning Fusion
Date: Oct 20, 3:18 pm
Poster: Richard Hester

On Oct 20, 3:18 pm, Richard Hester wrote:

Hector - have you seen anything recent on Penning fusion? The articles I have been able to access are a couple of years old, and I was wondering if anyone is still pursuing this concept. It's interesting, but it take a lot of equipment and some shrewd deductions to even determine that you have trapped ions. Also, electrode alignment appears to be crucial.
Richard Hester

>Hi Tom, if I'm not wrong Dr. Bussard and his team have abandoned the Polywell concept and have gone back to a grid IEC concept, which uses a magnetic field to protect the grid from bombardment.
>The I do know that the penning trap concept still holds some promise but I'm not confident in this magnetic protection concept for break even purposes.