The Alternatives

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The term “Alternatives” is a catch all for a wide variety of lesser known fusion approaches.  Some alternatives can be classified as “Magnetic Fusion” and others as “Inertial Fusion.” Still others are hybrids and fall somewhere else along the parameter space of fusion.

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The US Navy publishes regarding Polywell, thanks John Smith for the notice.

Homage to the fusioneer: 60 Years of Fusion research in 5 minutes.

Sep 23, 2013

A video covering 60 years of fusion research by John Smith (“The Polywell Guy”).  Beautiful work with some rare videos and pictures. The joy and agony of science.

Magnetoinertial fusion (MIF), a potential sweet spot in thermonuclear parameter space

Aug 26, 2013

Fusion Project on Kickstarter

Jul 14, 2013

For 28,000 Pounds, you can fund an Advanced Inertial Confinement Nuclear Fusion Reactor on Kickstarter.

Charles Chase and Lockheed Martin Skunkworks Fusion Device

Mar 26, 2013

Charles Chase of Lockheed Martin presents an idea for a Compact 100 MW Nuclear Fusion at Google Solve for X.  The goal is 2018 for a full scale prototype and 2023 for Commercial system.

More is better:  BPA, BEES, DEPS recommend diversification of IFE approaches

Mar 10, 2012

In the Interim Report-Status of the Study “An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy, the Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems applauds IFE gains in the past year, notes challenges ahead, encourages alternative approaches.

The Fundamental Parameter Space of Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion

Jan 03, 2012

Few people are aware of the many conditions under which fusion can occur. Luckily, Irv Lindemuth et al have written a review of fusion to help the rest of us identify the density-temperature space where fusion gain can be achieved. The analysis offers a general understanding why there is such an extreme difference between the conventional approaches to controlled fusion, MCF (which uses a giant “magnetic cage” and ICF (which uses hundreds of laser beams pointed at a small target). It also helps us see how much of the parameter space of fusion has yet to be explored.

US Narrows Fusion Research

Nov 03, 2011

An article in the September issue of Physics Today highlights the continuing erosion of the US fusion program.  (”The US narrows fusion research focus, joins German Stellarator.)

Erosion of Fusion Alternatives Funding

Nov 02, 2011

Spending on fusion alternatives has been steadily eroding.



Formerly known as "Innovative Confinement Concepts". Alternative to tokamaks and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), and the National Ignition Facility (NIF). These projects may be magnetic, inertial, hybrids, or something else altogether.
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