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Interactive pB11 Bracelet
The logic behind the design of this bracelet is explained below.
Jewelry makers take action
Feel free to use this design as inspiration, a point of departure, an actual model. It’s all part of using different creative skills (in this case, jewelry design) in support of fusion. Per the Fusion Consumer Products Campaign we’d love fusion themed Jewelry to become a staple design meme, and for people to start making money doing something with fusion. (Yes, the more everyone starts making money, the more our whole economy will ignite. It’s not just about the fusion igniting!)
The jewelry serves educational purposes (especially if you add some sort of explanatory guide).
Jewelry will also serve aesthetic purposes. It may even serve cultural and social purposes. Who knows, one day there will be a trend to get engaged with “fusion rings”. Why get engaged when you can get fused?
Donating a Portion of Revenue
As the market grows, so will revenue. Fusion themed Jewelry can be linked to fundraising. Donate a portion of revenue to the Fusion Energy League.
Explaining Aneutronic Fusion with a Bracelet:
Each bracelet, of course, must come with a stylish booklet explaining the aneutronic fusion process - specifically, proton Boron fusion. Some copy to consider:
- Proton and Boron (p + B11)
- Let the lone black bead represent a hydrogen nuclei, aka a proton, aka “p”. Let the clump of 5 black and 6 silver beads represent Boron 11 (5 protons, 6 neutrons.)
- Collision course
- The proton hurtles towards the Boron.
- Overcoming Strong Forces
- The proton has to overcome strong forces to fuse with the B11. Here we represent that barrier with a loop it has to push through. (Alternatives to try, change the poles of magnetism on the beads? This is an interesting jewelry engineering challenge.)
- Carbon 12
- The p and B11 nuclei fuse to temporarily form a carbon 12 nuclei. This nuclei has a lot of energy.
- Crude Representation
- Remember, this is jewelry, these are not actual nuclei. It’s a metaphor. I doubt the C12 nuclei would look like this. Something to consider - in this design, only the “protons” are magnetic beads. Perhaps if the “neutrons” were at least metal beads, they would stick to the “protons” better. As it is, they are loose. The interesting thing about neutrons is that, while they are electrically neutral, they do respond to nuclear forces which lets them bind to nuclei, should they collide with one.
- C12 Comes undone
- The Carbon nuclei has a lot of energy in it - it splits….(well, OK. We unclasp it)
- Alpha Particles
- ...into three alpha particles, also known as Helium ions, or He4 - two protons and two neutrons each.
- 3 Alpha Particles
- And here they are, flying apart to produce electricity directly.
- Actual Nuclei May Vary
- This is just a jewelry sculpture, like a rosary to meditate on aneutronic fusion. Actual nuclei in the midst of fusion would look and behave differently. It’s hard to capture nuclear forces with beads.
- Necklace or Bracelet?
- Opened, the piece has several different ways of being clasped. Variations on length are possible.