Focusfusion.org reports Chris Hagen of National Security Technologies announced for the first time an operational project in Las Vegas, Nevada to use large Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) fusion as neutron sources for testing purposes.
National Security Technologies had built in 2008 a 500 kiloJoule Dense Plasma Focus called Tallboy that produced 3 MA (million amps) of peak current and is now testing a 1 MJ (million joules) Dense Plasma Focus that is expected to generate over 4 MA (million amps) of peak current, which will make it the most powerful in North America, and possibly in the world. The work, while unclassified, was funded by a Department of Energy National Strategic Security program that had previously limited public disclosures. Tallboy achieved a maximum neutron yield of 6×10^11 with deuterium, when charged with 250 kJ. Currently the new 1 MJ Gemini machine uses electrodes with the following dimensions: anode radius 7.5 cm, cathode radius 10 cm, insulator length 7.5 cm and electrode length 50 cm, which makes it intermediate in size between the larger PF-1000 in Warsaw and Focus-Fusion-1 in New Jersey.
The NST work is related the efforts of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP). LPP is looking to develop dense plasma focus fusion (focus fusion). LPP has $1.2 million in funding. Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, the group looking to develop dense plasma focus fusion (focus fusion), has provided details of $1.2 million in funding and the project plan.
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