Having trouble with your fusion tokamak reactor? Getting some inefficient reactions? Is the duct tape not stopping the plasma leaks? Well, relax, just add a pinch of boron to that pesky nuclear plasma, and the reaction efficiency will improve, according to this article spotted and shared by T.M.:
And in case you missed it, here's the gist:
"The main goal of the experiment was to see if we could lay down a layer of boron using a powder injector," said PPPL physicist Robert Lunsford, lead author of the paper reporting the results in Nuclear Fusion. "So far, the experiment appears to have been successful."
The boron prevents an element known as tungsten from leaching out of the tokamak walls into the plasma, where it can cool the plasma particles and make fusion reactions less efficient. A layer of boron is applied to plasma-facing surfaces in a process known as "boronization."
Scientists want to keep the plasma as hot as possible - at least ten times hotter than the surface of the sun - to maximize the fusion reactions and therefore the heat to create electricity.
Using powder to provide boronization is also far safer than using a boron gas called diborane, the method used today. "Diborane gas is explosive, so everybody has to leave the building housing the tokamak during the process," Lunsford said.
"On the other hand, if you could just drop some boron powder into the plasma, that would be a lot easier to manage. While diborane gas is explosive and toxic, boron powder is inert," he added. "This new technique would be less intrusive and definitely less dangerous."
Now just imagine Julie Andrews reprising her role as Mary Poppins, and singing "Just a spoon full of boron makes the plasma react," sung to the tune of "Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down," and you get the idea.
But you may be thinking, "Gee, this boron-plasma thing sounds awfully familiar, but I just can't put my finger on it." Well, every now and then an article comes along that makes you revisit things you've already revisited. And today is no different. Let's go back to my blog of April 12, 2011:
So what we have here is an idea, from 1936 no less, that appears to have been recycled by that montebank and charlatan, the original fusion-fraudster, Dr. Ronald Richer, in Argentina. Here's what I said in 2011:
In his endless statements to the USAF, however, Richter emphasizes how adding boron to his plasma soups increased the energy of his reactions. Well, so here we are, almost exactly sixty years later, and now we're being told more or less the same thing. It really sort of makes one wonder, not only what the good Dr. Richter was really up to down there, but also, what the American Black Projects "community" did with it....
So, just add a pinch of boron to your plasma soup, and voila, a more efficient reaction, and one easier to control (as Dr. Richter also maintained). Now, as I also pointed out in 2011, the United States Air Force and the American scientific community didn't quite know how to assess Dr. Richter:
Of course, Richter was roundly and publicly denounced by the scientific establishment for his claims, while secretly the USAF and Atomic Energy Commissions were investigating the man, and coming to a whole spectrum of conclusions about him, from "he's nuts and a complete fraud" to "he's a mad genius working in the 1970s".
That stuff about Richter being "a mad genius working in the 1970s" is found in some of the Air Force documents I reproduced in my book The Nazi International in the chapters about Richter (Chapters 9 and 10). Only it would appear, from this article, that the American authorities may have been off by about five decades.
After all, T.M.'s submitted article was written at the end of 2019, and it's looking more and more like the original fusion fraudster, Richter, may have been way ahead of the curve...
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