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Subject: Can electric fields achieve greater than breakeven fusion efficiency

Date: Sun Jan 11 21:28:45 2004
Posted by peter
Grade level: undergrad School: No school entered.
City: Newcastle State/Province: NSW Country: Australia
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1073878125.Ph

you may know of the “Farnsworth/Hirsch fusor” which used inertial electrostatic 
confinement to achieve fusion. A long time ago I thought perhaps in contrast to 
the fusor(though I didn't know about it at the time)you could simply create a 
sphere with an enormous positive charge containing and compressing the positive 
hydrogen ions that were heated by microwaves to achieve the temprature's and 
pressures needed for fusion without needing the bulky expensive tokomaks.  
Note, all electrons have been removed from the hydrogen gas before entry into 
the sphere, this is a positively charged plasma.  Is this a valid method for 
fusion?  I for the life of me can't figure out why my method isn't used instead 
of the tokamaks

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