[EMS Discuss] inertial electrostatic confinement fusion reactor

Ben Hallert ben at hallert.net
Fri Feb 14 11:45:00 PST 2014

If anyone is interested in seeing a Fusor in action in a fairly simple
form, here's a good video (with a clever music choice):


In its base form, a nuclear fusor looks pretty straightforward.  Once you
start doing things like measuring neutrons it probably gets a little more
complicated, but that's optional.

Could be a cool group project!


- Ben

On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Ellery Weber <ellery at elleryweber.com>wrote:

> This is something I would definitely be interested in
> On Feb 14, 2014 11:34 AM, "Ben Hallert" <ben at hallert.net> wrote:
>> Awesome, Tom, thanks!  Like I said, I'm still scoping out the project.
>> I've got a lead on possible local sources for most of what I need, just
>> have to figure out a few specifics.
>> For anyone interested in seeing how do-able this is, here's a good
>> writeup in MakeZine:
>> http://makezine.com/projects/make-36-boards/nuclear-fusor/
>> How cool would it be to add 'built fusion reactor at the EMS' to the
>> checklist of cool projects?  :)
>> Ben
>> - Ben
>> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM, Tom Conlin <tomc at cs.uoregon.edu> wrote:
>>> Ben
>>> If you ever get serious I can get a hold of
>>> final stages vacuums and maybe the highvoltage
>>> and probably some awesome help.
>>> Rick a hard vacuum has fewer stray atoms in the volume
>>> suction can only go so far then you need tricks like cooling
>>> the atoms so they don't bounce around,
>>> or spraying them with oil that captures the stray atoms then falls down
>>> or good old fashioned hitting them with a bat and knocking them into a
>>> separate containment area.
>>> On 02/14/2014 10:58 AM, Benjamin Hallert wrote:
>>>> I'd need ~.025mm/mercury vacuum.  I've wanted to build a
>>>> Farnsworth/Hirsch inertial electrostatic confinement fusion reactor for
>>>> years, and once in a while the bug comes back to bite me.
>>>> Anyone here ever build one?  I suppose I should probably start a
>>>> separate thread for that at some point, right now I'm still sourcing
>>>> materials to see if I can afford it.
>>>> - Ben
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