Amateur Nuclear Fusion - Fusion is Easy!
It might appear that nuclear fusion is very difficult for the amateur physics experimenter to consider, but it is actually relatively easy to achieve. Costs can be controlled by working in stages and acquiring parts used or surplus. Skills are the key factor. The experimenter should have some basic skill sets including welding, machining, vacuum technology, gas handling, electronics, and nuclear instrumentation. Naturally, knowledge regarding the safety aspects of such an effort is essential! Among the more common concerns are the work with the explosive hydrogen gas, deuterium. High voltage hazards abound as over 20,000 volts is needed to accelerate the deuterons. Radiation in the form of X-rays and neutrons must be dealt with as well.