Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick

[/.] Bussard talks Fusors.

(A miniature proto-sun blossoms to life, throwing out streams of plasma, in the core of a fusor.)

George Bussard gave a talk at Google and it's been posted to Google Video. He talks about research he's been doing into fusors, devices which can be made into electrostatic confinement based fusion reactors. Though at present, apparently not ones that produce more energy than they consume. So while it's not without its flaws, it's pretty cool stuff anyway. The video is an hour and a half, so if you have anything else to do with your afternoon you should probably skip it. But if you have time to kill, it's a fun watch.

Bussard seems to be failing where Tokamaks are also failing - with respect to the magnetic confinement problem. But to his credit, the fusor approach just seems a lot more intelligent and less brute-force than the way Tokamaks do things. I was also going "buh?" to myself when he talked about using gas centrifuging as part of the reactor's fuel filter. It's true what he says about it being a straight-forward process. But a single person painting the Empire State Building by themselves is also a straight-forward process. People often make the mistake of thinking that "straight-forward" implies "fast" and/or "easy."
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