Local kid

Local kid achieves fusion in his bedroom lab.   This is a local story, because it has been done before.   The only newsworthy angles are that he is local, and he managed to set a new record as the youngest person to accomplish this, at age 12 (a day before his 13th birthday).   The previous record holder was a Texas kid who had been 13 when he got his fusion reactor working.

“Fusioneers” is a thing.   There is an active international group of hobbyists with their own home fusion reactors.   That sounds like the sort of thing some of y’all might actually do, so I noticed the headline.

The Washington Post  had an article about fusioneers nearly two years ago.   They have a photo gallery of hobbyists in their home labs.   The photo captions are a hoot.   Here is my favorite.

Scott Moroch, left, and Jack Rosky, both 17, along with both sets of parents, came from Wayne, N.J., where they have their own fusor built and running at Newark’s New Jersey Institute of Technology. “We didn’t want them blowing up our basement,” says Scott’s mother, Nancy. “It’s better they blow up a university.”

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  1. The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium is a group of volunteers to provide help and volunteer verifiers:

    Throughout the process, Jackson posted his results to the  Open Source Fusor Research Consortium  up until the point when he was able to achieve fusion on Jan. 19, 2018 — hours before his 13th birthday. In Jackson’s case that meant combining two atoms of deuterium gas in the fusion reactor’s plasma core which ejected a neutron into a device that slowed it down and detected nuclear fusion.

    “You have to jump through the right hoops, and we have to believe you and see what you’ve done,” said Richard Hull, 72, a verifier with the research consortium and an administrator for its website  Fusor.net.

    The local story:

    https://www.foxnews.com/science/teen-builds-working-nuclear-fusion-reactor-in-memphis-home

    The Washington Post:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2016/05/26/fusioneers/?utm_term=.2bb97d48f7d6

    The volunteer fusion hobbyists:

    http://www.fusor.net/

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  2. I don’t know why the blockquote function did not work in the previous comment.

    It is working for text I wrote here, but did not work for the text I pasted in.

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  3. MJBubba:
    The only newsworthy angles are that he is local, and he managed to set a new record as the youngest person to accomplish this, at age 12 (a day before his 13th birthday).   The previous record holder was a Texas kid who had been 13 when he got his fusion reactor working.

    This is nothing compared to the achievements of Clock Boy.

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  4. ctlaw:

    MJBubba:
    The only newsworthy angles are that he is local, and he managed to set a new record as the youngest person to accomplish this, at age 12 (a day before his 13th birthday).   The previous record holder was a Texas kid who had been 13 when he got his fusion reactor working.

    This is nothing compared to the achievements of Clock Boy.

    Well, our local kid is not a person of color, so he may not be able to get into a university other than the U. of Memphis.

    Which would be much better for him than if he were to be sucked into the indoctrination world of the “elite” universities.

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  5. Building fusors has become quite the home workshop thing.  The Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor was invented in the 1960s and is one kind of neutron generator which fuses deuterium nuclei into helium by accelerating them in an electric field which is sufficient to overcome the repulsion of their nuclear positive charges.

    Fusors are cool and a fine science fair project, but they have nothing to do with practical production of energy from nuclear fusion.  Yes, they produce nuclear fusion, but the energy they produce is a tiny fraction of the energy input to ionise the plasma and accelerate it into the target.

    Still, you have to admire the kid.

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