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originally posted by: Barnalby
a reply to: punkinworks10
Bussard knew his stuff, and he was confident enough in his design that before he died, he was suggesting that the USN skip straight to his full-scale design, because he was simply that confident it would work. By all indications, the WB tests supported his confidence.
The way I see it, is that Farnsworth fusor have been achieving fusion products for decades now, even relatively low-power ones that you could practically build with Home Depot parts alone(now think of the Tokamak or laser facility you'd need to achieve the same results...). The Polywell was simply a Farnsworth fusor with a magnetic booster, making it almost startling in terms of its relative simplicity compared to more "mainstream" fusion efforts, but that simplicity could well make it just that more feasible than the larger routes.