posted on Mar, 23 2010 @ 02:12 PM
Originally posted by rufusdrak
you're right on everything you said.
THIS guy I like already!
Energy isn't power however it is obviously converted to power using very simple means. I.E. if you HAVE the energy, then it's not hard to
convert it to power such as with a turbine. Let's say you have an engine that generates this sort of energy, then you simply make that energy turn a
turbine which then creates electrical power that sends it out via wires, etc. Not hard to grasp.
Secondly, you say the energy was achieved through a particle accelerator, well the accelerator takes the analogy of being the engine, if humanity is
able to construct an engine based on a particle accelerator that can create this sort of energy through consistent repetitive particle collisions then
use this energy to move a turbine and convert it to power, then guess what you'll be creating power through these means.
Oh well, so much for that!
I'm sorry, but I'm afraid you misunderstand.
The accelerator put the energy into the particles. The accelerator had to have energy added to it for it to be able to do this.
What you are claiming here is similar to claiming that a light bulb generates enough power to cook an egg.
In fact, the light bulb gets the power from an electrical outlet.
The accelerator is powered through an outside source, in other words. It doesn't make the power.
One thing though is that you're right about them analogizing the tiny fraction of energy they were working with into what it would be if the
size of the particles was that of a cube which as you said is much larger than what they worked with, however I don't understand why you said such a
cube of raw particles would be 'impossible' to construct, that's a little out of my league so maybe you can enlighten us with that.
Well, the main problem with that is that in an accelerator, the particles are suspended and controlled through electromagnetic field lines. The
particles are ionized so that they respond to electromagnetic manipulation.
That's too much mass to manipulate that way.
Also, consider the power required to simultaneously smash these gold nuclei. Remember, the power they used was enormous with only a few nuclei.
Imagine how much it would take to do the same thing with a large number of nuclei (and it would have to be simultaneously because to have a cube of
plasma the size they mentioned, you'd have to turn the entire sample into plasma at once.
And lastly, what kind of container could safely contain that much energy? Current tech for normal fusion requires a very powerful magnetic "
bottle" which has yet to be perfected for even a small amount of fuel.