Originally posted by SaturnFX
Call me retardedly ignorant on the subject, but wouldn't it be cause for concern to start the process of creating a star right here on earth? what
would make the fusion process stop or contain itself in a nice lil box?
Bit like experimenting with black holes on earth...sounds highly risky...whats the worst case senario for attempting solar nuclear fusion on earth?
It's actually not solar nuclear fusion, either. The process that takes place on the sun is pretty darned complex and takes a comparative lot of time,
pressure, and temperature. What these guys are modeling is D-T fusion, which is the easiest one to reach and has a nice energy output, plus you can
easily get your hands on both.
If you were fairly handy in the machine shop, had lots of time and/or money and liked physics, you could build a real live D-D fusion reactor at home.
People have done it. It won't have anywhere near breakeven, but it'll definitely fuse, and if you did your work well, it could put out enough neutrons
to give you long term health issues. Heck, you could even run D-T in it if you had the tritium.
If you were amazingly handy and had connections to get the technical documents, had a high vacuum chamber about 10 meters across and a few million
bucks, you MIGHT be able to reach breakeven. Only the Navy knows for sure.
edit to add:
Is it time for a "ez-home fusion" thread? It's physically dangerous to do yourself, I tend not to post that sort of thing here.
The story is fraught with weird twists and turns, back stabs, papers vanishing in the night, thefts of patents, dogs eating homework, people being
figuratively tossed under buses, things becoming classified, becoming unclassified, being discontinued but still funded as classified under another
name and place with different people on the project unbeknownst to the original company, people presenting technology that doesn't match the original
design as being what was done, the Navy, the USAF, George Bush making weird statements during SOTU addresses instead of the disclosure we were told
would occur, projects reaching fruition and being scrapped that day for no good reason and deaths of scientists. As always, I tend to think you guys
know this stuff so I don't bother posting it, for all I know it's been done to death.
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