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Subject: Re: Fusion detection
Date: Dec 25, 0:43 am
Poster: Richard Hull

On Dec 25, 0:43 am, Richard Hull wrote:

>I was wondering other than a neutron counter is there any other way to tell if a fusor is doing fusion.
>In other words can you detect a fusion reaction without a neutron detector or do you need a neutron detector to know if you are fusing.
>I'm not looking for reaction rates (yet) just for some other sign of fusion reactions period.

One neat way to check for fusion is to set up a plastic block infront of a cloud chamber and check for the heavy proton tracks. Fast neuts in dense plastic create a lot of protons recoiling from nuclear encounters with the hydrogen. Scott Little on this list did this to just check his neutron counter!

Note** the plastic block must be in contact with the cloud chamber walls and not more than a few inches from the fusor.