In a newly published paper for the Journal of Fusion Energy, LPPFusion demonstrated in detail our lead in scientific results among all private fusion efforts – and our peers and competitors agree! The new paper, “Focus Fusion: Overview of Progress Towards p-B11 Fusion with the Dense Plasma Focus”, was published on March 9 for a special collection of the Journal of Fusion Energy devoted to private fusion projects. Importantly each paper in the collection, including our own, was reviewed by scientists from competing private fusion efforts, ensuring a credible review process.
Our new paper documents that “among privately-funded fusion efforts, our experiments have achieved the highest ratio of fusion energy generation to device energy input (wall-plug efficiency) and the highest ntT product“. The ntT product – density multiplied by confinement time, multiplied by temperature, is a standard rough measure of the quality of our fusion plasma while the wall-plug efficiency is an even more important measure of how close we are to getting useful energy out of our device.
The paper also demonstrated that, compared with all fusion projects, including the giant government ones, we’ve achieved “the highest confined ion energies of any fusion experiment (>200 keV) as well as, recently, the lowest impurities of any fusion plasma.” These statements also passed JOFE’s tough but fair peer review. A reviewer agreed that “this paper contains very important experimental ideas (filamentary structure, beryllium electrodes, influence of impurities, energy of fast ions, influence of the possible azimuthal currents and poloidal magnetic fields)”.
The paper was authored by the core LPPFusion team: Eric J. Lerner, Syed M. Hassan, Ivana Karamitsos-Zivkovic and Rudolph Fritsch. As we promised to do years ago, this paper acknowledged the vital contributions of those who have helped to fund our work, in particular LPPFusion’s largest donors: Focus Fusion Society, Walter Rowntree, Robert Biegler, Peter Crabb, Andrew Kursar and Edward Peschko.
We hope that the circulation of this paper will lend major credibility and prominence to our statements that, measured in fusion yield results, Focus Fusion is First!