My answer will address the following three topics:
> 1) Do you want as an answer a summary (in the ga format)
> of what is accessible on the www without subscriptions and fees,
> on the issues raised in your clarifications?
> 2) Should description of additional search methods be included?
> 3) Should theory on and above level of Gugg's paper be included?
based on following:
HellBlazer> All three would be appreciated.
1a) History of the 'amateur research into plasma' :
Search Term: The Farnsworth/Hirsch Fusor
The history, reminds one of Nicolaj Tesla's story and his following.
It is summarized here, apropriately enough by 'Tesla Coil Builders'
1b) Safety: It is possible to make/buy a desktop neutron source.
That does not mean that one should try that. Here are two
..With a good Geiger counter
and a bit of math, the neutron flux can be estimated.
Most of you who ultimately might want to make
neutrons will not make a fusor so efficient that it will be
dangerous for short term exposures. Nonetheless, you
should not forget that this is a nuclear device. Take
precautions appropriate for what you are doing..
...This not a how-to-build-it site!
We do not give "full information"
on what we do or the safety steps commonly
applied in the particular field of study!
We are showing you what we have done here
in Richmond in a documentary format only.
If you try and duplicate what you see here without
full information or if you do not have all of
the skills necessary to work safely in the areas
shown, you or other onlookers can easily be killed
injured or Richmond. You must, therefore, accept
ultimate responsibility for your acts should you
attempt any experiments shown
Beyond the danger of exposure,(health hazard) there is danger
of environmental contamination and violating local and federal
regulation and standarts.
There are several amateur sites providing wealth of information:
and this for vaccum research:
has interesting section on fusion and fusors:
There are some articles, difficult to asses, which promise:
New vision about a controllable fusion reaction
D+D->He with efficient energy yield
There is some serious research, funded by FINDS
Gridded inertial-electrostatic devices rely on the radial acceleration
of charged particles between concentric,
nearly transparent electrodes
Conclusion of 1) is: Effect does exist,
Can be reproduced with modest means
Desktop experiment may be dangerous
(particularly if successful)
and effect has commercial application (space propulsion
and neutron activation for material analysis and
Best approach, considering complexity of theory and numerical
(plaguing all plasma modeling) is combination of experiments with ad
hoc calculations, as done in Winsconsin University study (see above).
2) additional search methods ?
search terms: scientific citation (and references)
The premiere tool of keeping up with new research is citacion index,
which allows ask following type of question:
Which, of all published papers, is referencing paper I know is
In this case, the relevant paper is Gugg's article, possibly some of
This is a paid service offered by ISI:
Some research libraries subscribe to it and will provide it to
patrons and guests for free.
This one, 'CITE seer' from japan, is free, but slanted to Computer
arXiv.org e-Print archive
... Physics. . High Energy Physics - Experiment (hep-ex new, recent,
abs, find); ...
Description: The Los Alamos National Lab maintains a collections of
dealing with nonlinear phenomena and others.( It moved to Cornell
but URL is same:
and general sites on plasma, e.g.
I would suggest combining search in the above sources with math
resources listed in
ODP for differential equations
It would require considerable reading and searching, but
is required here to select resources on the apropriate level.
Search here was limited to ODP catgeories, plasma and
In summary of all three topics:
It is an interesting, No - a fascinating problem,
What about limiting the research to the theory to avoid
eventual altercation with the local Fire Marshal?
The consesus of experts is betting your tax dollars on
a different, though related aproach:
Picture of their setup is available:
It would be pretty arogant to dare to compete with that!
-- but then -- any break-through in science requires arogance,
good luck or, preferably, both
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