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Subject: Re: fusor electrical characteristics
Date: Nov 03, 5:24 pm
Poster: Richard Hester

On Nov 03, 5:24 pm, Richard Hester wrote:

The DC accelleration voltages available to the real-world experimenter will not allow even close to relativistic energies for protons and deuterons. The charge to mass ratio is too low. Also, cross-sections for the common reactions tend to fall off beyond an Mev or so. As others have pointed out, lower voltages and higher currents have a larger chance of payoff, hence the interest in pulsed systems.

>>but that doesn't cover the (presumably) non->linear behavior when it is running.
>Good point. I posted my ideas on this (Core Geometry? - Scott Stephens Aug 21). I bet if the pressure is real low so the multipacting is more ballistic than thermal, Interesting microwave modes (plasma instability) may occur.
>If these modes are shielded in a resonant structure, even with multiple harmonics (kind of like an atoms quantum orbitals) they may contribut in accelerating and confining the plasma.
>I would bet these effects will occur at relativistic particle velocities.