COLLIDER AND FUSION WARS: RUSSIA PLANS NEW FUSION REACTOR AND MATTER-ANTIMATTER COLLIDER

COLLIDER AND FUSION WARS: RUSSIA PLANS NEW FUSION REACTOR AND ...

One of the subjects we follow here at this website are the ongoing concerns with CERN's large hadron collider. As readers here are aware, I've proposed my own admittedly wild and woolly high octane speculations about CERN's machine, including some epistemological difficulties represented by it. How does one replicate its results independently of CERN's collider itself? One can only do so by building a similar or bigger collider capable of operating at similar or higher energies. Additionally, I've proposed the high octane speculation that CERN might have other types of experiments going on, more secretive experiments in "data correlations" between collider activity and seemingly disconnected events, or experiments in "higher dimensionality" confirmations. Indeed, on the latter score, CERN has admitted that it is looking for higher dimensions. If one were a power such as China, and suspected such goings on were in fact "going on," then this would provide another impetus to have their own version of it.

Thus, I've also proposed that CERN really set off a kind of "collider race," to close the "collider gap," much as the nuclear powers of the Cold War raced to "close the missile gap" by acquiring nuclear and thermonuclear weapons and the means of their delivery.

Additionally, we've seen interesting stories in the last year about this or that breakthrough in fusion, as German, MIT, and South Korean experiments have achieved very promising results in sustaining plasmas at fusion energies for time periods longer than just a few years ago. These results have not yet generated sustained reactions of several minutes, necessary if fusion power is ever to become a standard energy source. There is thus a "fusion reactor" race that is shaping up.

Interestingly enough, but not very surprisingly, Russia appears slated to enter this race, as the following articles demonstrate:

Siberian Physicists Ready for Next Step Toward Free Nuclear Energy

Harnessing the Power of Siberia: Physicists Creating Matter-Antimatter Collider

The new Russian experiment in plasma heating involves microwaves, and according to the Russian source (Sputnik) has already exceeded the required temperatures for fusion, meaning a practical reactor is now feasible:

The Institute is seeking financing for the GDML (gas dynamic trap) program, which is set to run until 2018, from the Russian Science Foundation,

"We have confirmed recent results on plasma heating to the temperature scale of ten million degrees; this is a very important milestone for our work. Now we can seriously begin to consider options for the establishment of fusion systems based on open traps,” Aleksander Ivanov told RIA Novosti.  The scientist further explained that the institute now has in its possession microwave heating systems stationed at the Moscow-based Russia's National Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute", the country's leading research and development institution in the field of nuclear energy, formerly known as Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy. The systems will allow them to increase steady plasma heating by three- or four-times, which would mean the completion of the first stage of work on the alternative reactor. Aleksander Ivanov further noted that the nuclear physicists are limited to steady plasma heating capacities of ten million degrees Celsius. However scientists suggest that in subsequent experiments, the plasma temperature will rise considerably, with the lowest figure required to create a nuclear fusion reactor already exceeded. Scientists have developed a promising method of generating plasma using powerful microwave radiation in a large-scale magnetic open trap (GDL), which successfully conducted experiments to improve plasma confinement in fusion parameters.

Notably, this method of heating and proposed containment is different from the ITER reactor being built in France, and in which Russia is a participant. To put this point a bit more plainly, Russia is seeking independent and different means of fusion initiation and containment, a race that clearly includes South Korea and Germany.
But the story that intrigues me even more is the Russian pursuit of an antimatter-matter collider using positrons and electrons (positrons are the opposite of electrons, having the same miniscule mass, but an opposite spin and charge polarity than electrons). There is a statement in the second Sputnik article about this collider that caught my attention, and I hope caught yours as well:

Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics Deputy Director Yevgeny Levichev discussed Russian physicists' ambitious plans with Russia's RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday.

The Institute plans to create the Super Tau Charm Factory, a particle accelerator which would study the collision of beams of electrons (matter) and positrons (antimatter) in an effort to help to identify phenomena and processes beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. (Emphases added)

Of course, scientists already know that matter-antimatter reactions are total annihilation reactions, so what Russia intends to study is perhaps the patterns that emerge from such reactions, to see if perhaps they shed light on significant details of those reactions as yet unknown, and perhaps to see if they could have any practical applications. And Russians being Russians, I suspect, strongly, that this practical aspect is a huge part of their thinking. The very idea of "identifying phenomena and processes beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics" means they are looking for something.
The question is what, and why? One answer, of course, might be evidence of higher dimensionalities. But the context and timing of the two articles also suggest something else, for note both articles appeared in the same outlet - Sputnik - on the same day, Jan 3rd of this year. I strongly suspect, in my high octane speculation of the day, that space is the hidden story here, for last year saw a spate of articles on new propulsion technologies such as the EM drive and various tests of it, to articles on the accelerated race to space and to its collateralization. As I've said many times on this forum and elsewhere, chemical rockets are simply inadequate to any long term commercial exploitation of space, much less to mining asteroids. They're too clumsy, too expensive, and the return on investment is too small, and the risk management factor is too high. Alternative energy and propulsion technologies in this context are not simply wishful thinking, they're a must. And a way to control sustained fusion reactions would be a first step not only toward fusion power, but to fusion space propulsion. And total-annihilation reactions such as matter and antimatter, would be an even more efficient energy source with conceivable propulsion (not to mention weaponization) implications.
Whatever the merit of these speculations might be, however, one thing is clear: the fusion and collider race has begun in earnest, and expect more of it in 2017.
See you on the flip side...

17 thoughts on “ COLLIDER AND FUSION WARS: RUSSIA PLANS NEW FUSION REACTOR AND ...”

  1. We’re all giving too much credit and trust to folk who are playing out the role of good cop resoundingly well. playing that role is not a difficult one given the depth and breadth bad cop examples, we’re all too familiar with.

    given what we’re seeing generated for public consumption about trump, russia, dnc, pizza, clinton fdtn, nsa, tsa, leaks, hacks,….. it might remind one of what the ussr almost certainly had to go through during their transition through collapse. how exactly was the dissolution of the kgb into the fsb get sold on the public?

    are we seeing that same transition happening now? is the cia about to dissolve while the nsa continues to grow and more than replace the cia’s poewr and influence? sure is looking like an easier and easier to sell meme.

  2. If one were to study the plasma physicists, Wallace Thornhill, of the Thunderbolts Project, one would realize that Relativity is passé.

    Cutting-edge astrophysicists have revealed the universe is filled with rivers of plasma billions of light-years long connecting hundreds of universes.
    https://www.sciencenews.org/sites/default/files/main/articles/cc_eso1438a.jpg

    Plasma can only exist in an electromagnetic field.

    This science of plasma physics concludes every structure in the universe is an electromagnetic phenomenon, i.e. the earth, and all the planets in our solar system, are connected to the sun, just as the sun is connected to the center of our galaxy through Birkeland Currents, and fields of plasma.

    CERN is disrupting this electromagnetic balance in ways that may be irreversible. There are several websites one can visit, that are documenting the disruption to the earth’s magnetic shield, which are being tied to activity at CERN.

    Research Referances:
    “The Thunderbolts Project”:
    https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/01/11/happy-2017-electric-universe-space-news/
    “Science News Article”:
    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/galaxies-may-be-aligned-across-1-billion-light-years

      1. Sorry to all for all the spelling and terminology mistakes. For instance it’s “galaxies” not “universes”, and “Referances” is a typo. I tried to edit the text after pressing submit, but the site wouldn’t allow me to do that. Lesson learned, proof read my comments !!!

  3. I have had the thought for some time that we have yet to discover anti-matter. What are ‘labeled’ anti-matter particles (positron, etc.) are really anti-CHARGE particles. We really have no idea what true anti-MATTER particles are. The opposite of Matter. Some Nobel Prizes are waiting out there…

    I am also a cynic these days. I do not believe that any of these multi-billion facilities are being built for the glory of science and mankind. As a side perk, sure; but not the primary purpose. Their ultimate objectives are breakthroughs in offense and defense, and maybe propulsion for offensive and defensive spaceships. Especially, when any power-production ‘reactor’ would dramatically-reduce the profits of the oil & natural gas industries. In-place industries Do Not want alternate sources of power…

    All that being said, the Russians are naive/radical/awake enough to want to actually help their People. I might believe that Their research is actually for the good of mankind…

  4. Is this a hint of the antimatter power plants of Star Trek fame. With this the possibility of a true propulsion system to power our interplanetary and extrasolar spaceships become possible let alone change how we generate power here on Earth.

  5. History has demonstrated time and again that If you are going to mess around with hadron colliders in order to tamper with a planet’s magnetic field, you better have a speedy escape space vessel/ark ready for take off. The first time someone built a hadron collider in this solar system it resulted in the planet bursting at it’s seams into what is now referred to as the asteroid belt. Unfortunately the builders of the asteroid belt collider had resettled themselves and their families on Mars before they turned that planet destroying gizmo on. Undaunted, these maniacs tried again on their new planet and the second time wasn’t much better and resulted in their new home of Mars spinning so fast it’s atmosphere blew away along with all the surfacing dwelling inhabitants. The only survivors of this debacle unfortunately and as usual were the over confident scientists working below ground who built the subterranean collider.

    As they were a supercilious patriarchal society who didn’t allow women in the sciences, they were gravely unprepared for a sudden world without women (who had all been tossed from the planet when it began hyper spinning). When this batch of lonely, myopic scientists finally were able to leave barren Mars and resettle on a new planet, Earth, after 1) miraculously discovering the life extension benefits of the trace amounts of gold which was in scant supply in their subterranean cavern homes, 2) long distance space traveling propulsion systems, and 3) a penchant for eating and/or copulating with anything that came their way, they once again set their sights on building another hadron collider. But first they had to reproduce with the primitive species on their new planet and organize them in such away that they would be easy to control, all the while producing an offspring from them that would be up to the new immigrants’ genetic and immoral standards. The refugee scientists quickly invented a few new dogmatic religions to impose on the indigenous people as well as submitting them to a debt based banking system. They then taught the native people advanced farming methods so they would no longer have to hunt and forage for food in the forests. In this way the scientists and their offsprings were able to herd the natives into their cities, corrupt their morals with their perverse Martian pleasure fetishes and ultimately enslave them and force them to work in their mines (the scientists developed a real lust for gold while trapped on Mars) and accept the scientists’ entitled offspring as their rulers. The scientists in the meantime, with their bloodline now firmly reestablished, departed Earth in their space ships and went back to work building their new and better hadron collider somewhere else in the solar system, not daring to risk once again the destruction of another home.

    Rumor has it they set up shop on Venus and once again met with colossal failure as their hadron collider only succeeded in releasing Venus’s moon (possibly Mercury) from orbit and thus altering the obliquity of Venus and making it unlivable. They tried again on another planet, another neighbor of Earth, but only succeeded in turning this planet into anti-matter, basically an invisible planet only recognized today by astrologers, where these scientists are now currently trapped and are desperately trying to escape from.

    Meanwhile back on Earth, the scientists’ offspring have seemed to develop the obsession and the know-how to build a hadron collider themselves although there is much dispute among these elite offspring as to why they are even building it. Much of the knowledge of their refugee ancestors has been lost and allegedly lays buried in the desert remains of the cities built by these immigrants long ago. There has been a great quest, at much human loss, to recover this ancient lore and find out exactly why they are building a hadron collider and what the end result will be. Some of the elite offspring say it is a machine that can increase Earth’s magnetic field and thereby pull asteroids for mining into Earth’s orbit. Other offspring say it can open a door to other dimensions where we can meet new neighbors who we can trade with, or just rob, molest and even eat. Either way, the outcome is highly uncertain and fraught with great risk, and possibly that is why the Russians have decided to quickly develop space faring technologies so they can get the h*ll off this planet before these foolishly mad alien offspring destroy it. In the meantime, the Russians will do everything in their power to thwart these lunatics– including meddling in the elections of the countries where these deranged offspring mutants hold sway.

  6. Space is the sphere of power looking forward.
    I’m still in the gravity camp when it comes to space travel.

    As far as the fusion goes, I found it interesting that refrigeration is based on incremental/quantum steps; as is implied, herein, for fusion[I’m making some forward assumptions within this context].

  7. They can probably decrease the temperature by which fusion takes place by increasing the pressure inside the chamber. A super strong extreme pressure resistant microwave transparent ceramic would probably do the trick in a household microwave oven.

  8. I suppose a directed beam of antimatter might make one heck of a “death star” if it were located in the high ground of space. “Who” is the intended target though?

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