Building the open source Bussard Fusion Reactor
Time for open
Do you think it is impossible for a person or a small team to build the Bussard Fusion Reactor? Actually, it is happening. Famulus is building his own Bussard Fusion Reactor. He also showed the early products on the Kickstarter project page. The project has sucssfully raised the first round funding.
Fusion reactions combine light atomic nuclei usually hydrogen to form heavier atomic uncle such as helium, which occurs under high temperature of tens of millions of degrees.
The positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons are in the form of the fusion plasma. The fusion plasma has to be well confined to avoid of cooling down rapidly leading to failure of energy fusion. The following picture shows the torus fusion, also called Tokamak fusion reactor.
Image belongs to Flickr Creative Commons
There are two primary methods used to confine the fusion plasma (1) Inertial confinement fusion (2) Magnetic confinement fusion.
Dr. Robert W. Bussard introduced the Polywell fustion reactor, which is a magnetic confinement fusion reactor. This reactor can avoid the damages of vacuum grids (which frequently happen for other types of fusion reactors) by protecting them with the magnetic field. Now the reactor is WB-7, following WB-1, WB-2,… WB-6. The research is still under going.
Cost of commercial Polywell (Bussard) fustion reactor:
Estimated $150–200M, source.
Almost any type of nuclear fusion reactor is developed in secrete. It is not feasible to get the blue prints of design, the key documentation, the experimental data, and why it really works or doesn’t work.
Open source Bussard Fusion Reactor is the first trial of opening these secrets to public. It is to conduct the research with the goal of public benefit.