Originally posted by andy06shake
reply to post by Bedlam
Im just quoting how Mr Suppes says he achieved his end results. I dont know if the technology is classified or otherwise.
Why was the Polywell versions classified?
What did they do that the others did not, or did they just generate a larger neutron source?
edit on 22-2-2013 by andy06shake because: (no
The story of Dr Bussard is long and twisty.
Basically, there was a guy named Dr Robert Bussard, who was a very well known fusion physicist. You might have heard his name in 'Star Trek', they
named parts of the warp engine after him.
Anyway, Bussard worked with Hirsch, who had worked with Farnsworth before that on the fusor. Bussard became interested in solving the big issues with
the fusor, which are mainly related to electron recycling efficiency. A number of experiments were done, it started looking promising, and the Navy
(Naval Sea Systems) stepped in. They wanted a fusor to run subs with. They offered Bussard funding, but a lot of his lab assistants/grad students were
not able to get clearance and had to be dumped. (a big stink at the time)
The project moved to Naval Sea Systems, then the brass sorta liked it so the classification went up a notch, they moved it to Naval Weapons, and it
went pretty dark for a while. I lost detailed track of it as it went into NW, since I didn't have any contacts at that location and didn't know the
project officer, and didn't have any need to know so, I didn't. However, they banged out the issues and supposedly just as they demonstrated way
over breakeven, the project was defunded and boxed up, and the patent holding co EMC2 was dissolved. Bussard passed on.
However, in an odd twist of fate, as far as you could tell from the funding office docs, the project wasn't defunded, it just changed locations
again. The project code is still active, there's still a project office, there are personnel assigned to it, it's still classified.
Legend has it that the project has in fact been resurrected and is now refunded, but really, it didn't look like it ever actually stopped. Just
swapped locations again. While they might have recycled the code for a totally separate project, it had the same personnel for a while, which didn't
seem to fit.
Anyway, there's Navy hanky-panky going on there. And I do believe it did finally produce net power. It'll be a shame if they shove it into sub
service and never let it out.
BTW, Farnsworth's original fusor was not a lot like a F-H fusor. Farnsworth claimed to be able to run his fusor above breakeven back in the 60s.