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Subject: Re: more speculation on double-pulsing
Date: Nov 03, 6:56 pm
Poster: Pierce Nichols

On Nov 03, 6:56 pm, Pierce Nichols wrote:

>A god idea, but a lot of effort and imperical research would be needed to determine the optimum times and delays involved. I would imagine a near microwave frequency with long colection times might be required. This would be the result of a study of the reversal and acceleration times of the particles.

Of course, that's the fun of it . Actually, I think you misunderstand me a bit -- I'm not thinking of quickly oscillating back and forth pulsing, but a rapid series of discrete pulse pairs. First, the ionization pulse, a few microseconds long, at a voltage only slightly above that of the keep-alive voltage and of high current, in order to produce the max number of ions. That is almost immediately followed by the fusion pulse, which is of much higher voltage, applied to the inner grid, and of high current. It should probably last as long as the available capacitors and power supply can make it. After that, there is a dead time of several milliseconds while the caps recharge for the next pulse.

>Reversing ions and having them ideally return might have them wind up becoming neutrals in a relatively high pressure chamber (10u). Remember, the type pressures we are dealing with are not highly conducive to a lot of recirculation. (tradeoffs.)

>It is worth a shot for the well heeled and adventurous amateur.
>Richard Hull