On June 11th 2013 Eric Lerner and Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. were invited to share the latest achievements in the field of nuclear fusion energy research at Google’s Solve for x Brainstorming conference. Eric explains aneutronic fusion, which produces no radioactive waste, and the device, called the Dense Plasma Focus, which could produce eco-safe, green, cheap and unlimited energy for generations to come.
Lockheed Martin, and tiny Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (still waiting on a billionaire backer) have given presentations at Solve for X on their progress towards the Holy Grail of energy. Slashdot says that Trialpha Energy and General Fusion have presented but I have not found any presentation by either of those two at Google or Solve for X. Trialpha Energy and General Fusion both have significant venture capital and/or billionaire backing.
Eric Lerner has been active in dense plasma focus (DPF) research for over 25 years. Beginning in 1984, he developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of DPF device. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for advanced fuel fusion and space propulsion. Under a series of contracts with NASA’a Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he planned and participated in carrying out experiments that tested and confirmed this theory. In addition, he developed an original model of the role of the strong magnetic field effect on DPF functioning, showing that this effect could have a large effect on increasing ion temperature and decreasing electron temperature, which would reduce unwanted X-ray cooling of the plasma. Eric is a leading researcher in cosmology and astrophysics, developing original, plasma-based theories of quasars, large-scale structures and other phenomena of the Universe. In 2006 he was a Visiting Astronomer at the European Southern Observatory in Santiago, Chile. As a writer about science and technology, he is the author of over 600 articles. Mr. Lerner received a B.A. in Physics from Columbia University and did graduate work in physics at the University of Maryland.