Author Archives: Tom Tamarkin

Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980 (MFEEA)

Notes and Comment On October 12, 1980, President Carter signed into law the “Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980.” The act was based on House and Senate Bills sponsored by Rep. M. McCormack (DWash.) and Sen. P. Tsongas (D-Mass.), which had passed both houses of Congress with very strong bipartisan support and presumably represents the views of the new ... Read More »

Iranian team to collaborate with US company on nuclear fusion project

New Jersey company says it has permission for unique partnership to work toward the holy grail of energy sources Mark Halper theguardian.com, Friday 25 May 2012 13.59 EDT Plasma used in fusion reactions is created at places like the ASDEX upgrade fusion reactor in Germany. Photograph: Peter Ginter/Science Faction/Corbis A US company and an Iranian university have agreed to collaborate ... Read More »

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics

Iranian team to collaborate with US company on nuclear fusion project Scientific paper: Fusion reactions from >150 keV ions in a dense plasma focus plasmoid Read about Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Focus Fusion IndieGoGo Video! from Focus Fusion Society on Vimeo. Looking for funding: Focus Fusion in New Jersey July 2015: LPP Fusion has resumed dense plasma fusion test firing now using ... Read More »

Who Killed Fusion?

By: Tom Tamarkin Founder Fusion4Freedom & President USCL Corp Marsha Freeman copyright 2010-2015 Skip Preface See also: How Russia Caused the World’s Preeminent Super Power To Lose 25 Years in Its Quest to Correctly Solve Energy See Also: Pat Boone & Tom Tamarkin series of 8 articles on the history and politics of fusion See Also: The MFTF-B story – ... Read More »

Irv Lindemuth Ph.D. review of Plasma Jet Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion by T.D. Tamarkin, et al

Irvin R. Lindemuth, Ph.D., formerly Special Assistant for Russian Collaboration Office of Associate Director for Weapons Physics Los Alamos National Laboratory October 24, 2011 Mr. Tom Tamarkin 5545 El Camino Avenue Carmichael, California 95608 Ref: Response to your questions on analysis of plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion (PJMIF) Dear Mr. Tamarkin: I have finally found some time to offer you ... Read More »

Lawrence Livermore National Labs NIF by CBS Sunday Morning

This is an excellent piece describing inertial laser fusion and NIF. However, NIF is under scrutiny in the scientific community in terms of its ability to achieve ignition timely given its sparse budget for civilian power development. NIF is primarily a NNSA project meant for weapons stock pile stewardship experimentation. More public visibility needs to be directed on fusion and ... Read More »

PJMIF Concept Tutorial

A presentation by Prepared by C. Y. Francis Thio, Ph.D., October 4, 2011 for USCL Corporation and Tom D. Tamarkin. October 4, 2011 Outline This presentation was originally prepared by Dr. C. Y. Francis Thio in PDF format. We have converted the original PDF document for on-line website presentation and have taken great care to insure that no changes have ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion breakthrough sparks energy optimism

Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine editor-at-large, joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss an astonishing breakthrough in nuclear fusion at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and why some might call it energy’s holy grail. A good interview about the breakthrough, the progress with fusion power, and the funding issues. Read More »

Fusion & ITER by CBS News

“Nuclear fusion is the energy that powers the sun and stars,” Mike Mauel, professor of applied physics at Columbia University, told CBSNews.com. “It takes hydrogen gas, heating up to millions of degrees, and brings the atoms together to release energy and make helium.” Instead of splitting an atom’s nucleus, like in fission, nuclear fusion is the process of bringing together ... Read More »

How will a fusion power plant work?

A school class in 2100: The futuristic lesson is backed up with documentary photos and animations and gives the viewer an entertaining survey of the principles, development and status of fusion research. Like the sun, a fusion power plant is to derive energy from fusion of atomic nuclei. To ignite the fusion fire one has to succeed in confining the ... Read More »

Development of Practical Fusion Power Plasma Jet Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion

By: Tom Tamarkin Founder Fusion4Freedom & President USCL Corp T. D. Tamarkin USCL-EnergyCite® Additional scientific contributors, S. C. Hsu, Ph.D., T. J. Awe, Ph.D., S. Brockington, Ph.D., A. Case, Ph.D., J. T. Cassibry, Ph.D., G. Kagan, Ph.D., S. J. Messer, Ph.D., M. Stanic, X. Tang, Ph.D., D. R. Welch, Ph.D., and F. D. Witherspoon, Ph.D. September 26, 2011 ®   ... Read More »

Mainline Fusion Approaches

Background In the United States and most countries large government sponsored fusion projects are based on two somewhat opposite scientific approaches. These are: Magnetic Confinement tokomak The tokomak is the most developed magnetic confinement system and is the basis for the design of future fusion reactors using this method. It was invented in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and ... Read More »

Innovative Confinement Concepts

Innovative Confinement Concepts and Alternative Fusion Approaches Between 1996 and 2000, the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) recommended a vigorous program in Innovative Confinement Concepts to explore several practical alternative paths to the mainline Magnetic Confinement and Inertial Confinement programs. It was never funded. After the U.S. joined the ITER program as a 9% partner, the ICC program was ... Read More »

Fusion Fission Hybrid Concept

By: Tom Tamarkin Founder Fusion4Freedom & President USCL Corp In anticipation of a possible nuclear renaissance, there has been an enthusiastic renewal of interest in the fusion-fission hybrid concept, driven primarily by some members of the fusion community. A fusion-fission hybrid consists of a neutron-producing fusion core surrounded by a fission blanket. Hybrids are of interest because of their potential ... Read More »

Fuel Cycle, Propulsion, & Controversy

Direct fusion propulsion has long been considered by NASA for the next generation of manned spacecraft for long distance space exploration. Fusion power is environmentally clean, emits no greenhouse gases, and produces no appreciable radioactive waste. The planet’s fossil fuel reserves are severely limited. Whereas current nuclear fission fuel resources still remain abundant, nuclear power has safety, radioactive waste, and ... Read More »

Fusion Development History, Status & Previous Project Cancellations

By: Tom Tamarkin Founder Fusion4Freedom & President USCL Corp Legend has it that there are more problems in attaining controlled nuclear fusion than scientists anticipated, and that little progress has been made. “Fusion is still fifty years away, and always has been” has become the common refrain of skeptics. But the reason that we do not have commercially available fusion ... Read More »

Why a Nuclear Reactor Cannot Explode like an Atom Bomb

Reactors and Atom Bombs A nuclear reactor is a power plant, that uses nuclear fission to eventually generate electricity. An atom bomb also uses nuclear fission to generate energy causing an explosion. However, due to fundamental differences between the two a nuclear reactor cannot explode like an atom bomb. To understand these differences, it is first important to understand the ... Read More »