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Building an open source Bussard fusion reactor, aka the Polywell.

Two years ago, I watched the video "Should Google Go Nuclear," about the unveiling of the Bussard Fusion Reactor, and it felt like a technology with a remarkable potential to alleviate the world's energy crisis.

I also thought, "I can build that thing!"

Without university funding, I've been working at my lab in Brooklyn to build the world's first superconducting Bussard reactor, a nuclear fusion technology that promises clean, cheap, abundant energy. I track my progress on the Prometheus Fusion Perfection blog.

To date I have fused the atom with a fusor (a step towards building a Bussard reactor).

The next step is to replicate the results of the copper coil Polywell built by the university of Sydney.

This project is open source and all code, documentation, and intellectual property produced is immediately shared with the community.

The money from this fundraiser will go towards three months of research time and the hardware necessary to replicate the Sydney Experiment.

We will implement a Langmuir probe to inspect the floating potential of the plasma under various magnet strengths.

The $3,000 will go towards:

$1,500 for 3 months of lab overhead @ $500 / month.
$400 for fabrication of coil formers
$400 for high current feedthroughs and coil former mounting hardware / custom conflat.
$200 for high voltage feed though for Langmuir probe
$200 conflat hardware - nuts bolts and gaskets
$100 for the coil driver circuit
$200 for the unexpected

Any surplus will be used to extend research time and scope of research.


REWARD DETAILS

$4.00
Funding credit on the blog.

$8.00
Laser cut Prometheus Fusion Perfection stencil.

$16.00
LIMITED REWARD 100 of 100 remaining
Spent copper conflat gasket used in a working Fusor reactor.

$32.00
Laser engraved copper conflat gasket. "Funded the Open Source Bussard Reactor"

$64.00
Makerbot 3D printed object (see http://www.thingiverse.com/tag:makerbot for choices).

$70.00 Max Steiner original cinder block necklace.

$128.00
Fusor grid necklace from jewelry designer Max Steiner.

$256.00
Stainless steel model of the prototype superconducting magrid.

$512.00
Spend a day in the lab with the Prometheus Fusion team. Get a chance to operate a Fusor! (Travel and Boarding not included)

$1,024.00
LIMITED REWARD 1 of 1 remaining
Factory refurbished Glassman -10,000 volt 2 milli-amp power supply. This power supply is in perfect working condition and is suitable for use in a Fusor. Must be 18 or older for this item.

$2,048.00
LIMITED REWARD 2 of 2 remaining
Working 60 Watt Burning Laser with high power laser safety glasses. Must be 18 or older for this item.

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