Radio: The Xtal Set Society - devoted to electronics
projects for hobbyists and students that use older
techniques that best demonstrate the workings of
the devices. That is, just soldering a chip to a
PC board doesn't really teach one much. Using, say,
crystals or even vacuum tubes can reveal far more
about what is physically going on.
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A primary function of the League will
be to make data on the progress of fusion experiments
legible to taxpayers and potential investors.
The data must be clear, accessible and impartial.
To this end, design of a Fusion Experiment Tracker
is key. A bridge from peer review to the public,
it must be structured to help make sense of the
The following three systems are candidates
to achieve the Holy Grail of fusion power: p-B11
fusion, which produces no radioactive waste
and can use direct conversion to electric power
without the need to heat water for steam generation.
a concept developed by Robert
W. Bussard that is similar to a Fusor
device but with static magnetic confinement.
Claims 100,000 higher yield of fusions over
the standard electrostatic grid approach.
Polywell/WB7/WB8 - Las Alamos scientist
Richard Nebel began a Navy funded project
in 2010 with a small team in an attempt
to reproduce and extend the results of WB6,
the last experiment carried out by Robert
Bussard before he died. Later Nebel left
and Jaeyoung Park took over leadership of
the project. Here are some updates on the
Company is a spin off from fusion work
at UC Irvine by Norman Rostoker et al. Investors
include Paul Allen. Very secretive and few
details are known about their status other
than the fact that they have rasied at least
$90M in private funding.
POPS - Periodically Oscillating Plasma Sphere
- approach developed at Los Alamos lab that
can push IEC fusion rates to net power production
levels. Author Nebel now leads the Polywell
fusion project funded by the Navy (see above).
Fusion Propulsion at AVRC
- based on work by Dr. George Miley at the University
of Illinois [June.10.10 - most of the fusion
related links are now broken. Can't find any
fusion related sections on the site.]
Andrea Rossi - Gives his side of the story
of the waste-to-energy project in Italy in
the 1970s-80s that turned into a disastrous
battle with government authorities. He was
imprisoned on various charges but was enventually
has been formed in the US to commercialize
the system there. The firm is a spinoff of
which has previously won DOE contracts. One
of the co-founders of AmpEnergo, Robert Gentile,
"was also Assistant Secretary of Energy for
Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy
during the early 1990’s".
Fusion: “You have to embrace this” - NyTeknik
- Feb.23.11 - discussion with "Professor
Emeritus at Uppsala University Sven Kullander,
chairman of the National Academy of Sciences
Energy Committee, and Hanno Essén, associate
professor of theoretical physics and a
lecturer at the Swedish Royal Institute
of Technology and chairman of the Swedish
- an applet by Greg Egan that nicely illustrates
the difference between phase velocity, which
can exceed the speed of light, and group velocity,
which cannot. (Information travels at the