Re: Use in science fiction for cold fusion
Posted by Mike Wells on 9/17/2003, 9:11 am, in reply to "Re: Use in science fiction for cold fusion"
: --Previous Message--
: Hi Bert, I dabble in science fiction writing, and I am working on a
: in which a character discovers how to perform cold fusion. My original
: idea was to have him create a molecular vise out of piso-Bucky balls,
: but he has to create it in his garage. Probably too far-fetched for a
: garage experiment. I read about your coin shrinking in Theodore Gray's
: article in October 2003 Popular Science and was intrigued. Would it be
: possible to generate enough force using your coin shrinker or a more
: powerful one to fuse hydrogen inside a metal plug?
: Hi Mike,
: I honestly don't know, but I would suspect the answer is no, even if you
: had a much larger "shrinker". During shrinking, the magnetic
: pressure is only directed radially inward on the sample. Since there's
: no axial pressure, the sample would assume a squeezed cylindrical shape
: that would allow material to be extruded out each end of the solenoid,
: relieving internal pressure long before sufficient pressure for fusionc
: could be achieved. It takes an incredible amount of force to cause any
: significant quantity of hydrogen to fuse, such as an atomic bomb or the
: weight of the outer layers of a star... :^)
: Best regards,
: -- Bert --
Thanks for the quick response. It sounds like there is no way to arrange the coils to squeeze uniformly inward, and the forces generated would only be in the neighborhood of a locomotive slamming into a wall, whereas a fusion reaction would require something like a meteorite crashing into Earth. Back to the drawing board. Thanks again.