Australia and China Collaborate on Fusion

Australia National University (ANU) and the University of South China have embarked upon a major hot fusion research effort.

ANU will ship the H1 Heliac stellerator from its Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility to China later this year. The device is currently kept in Canberra, Australia’s capitol. Once in China it will be the first stellerator in the People’s Republic. China has four Tokamaks but no stellerators, the facility’s director Dr. Cormac Corr told The Canberra Times. There is also some LENR or cold fusion research going on at the China Institute of Atomic Power in Beijing.

The H1 Heliac Stellerator

A stellerator is a weird shaped fusion reactor that uses magnetic fields to contain superhot plasma. The most advanced stellerator the Wendelstein 7-X in Germany is now up and running and making plasma.

The strange shape in a stellerator makes it easier to contain the plasma. It also makes such devices the but of jokes. The Wendelstein 7-X bears a strong resemblance to Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.

Australian Fusion Scene Heats Up

Australia is becoming a major player in the hot fusion race, it became the first nonmember state to enter into an agreement with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in September, The Canberra Times reported.

Artists conception of the Wendlestein 7-X Stellerator

The ITER is a giant tokamak under construction in France by a consortium of nations that includes the European Union, Japan, India, China, Russia, South Korea and the United States. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) will take part in research at the ITER.

The Chinese will supply ANU with power generating parts for new plasma experiments as part of a strategic alliance. The ANSTO will spend $30 million on plasma fusion research over the next three decades.

Lightsabers Run on Fusion

Strangely enough the lightsabers used by Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters run on fusion and generate plasma, Canberra Times writer Martin Archer pointed out. Interestingly enough it might also be capable to build a real life lightsaber.

The sabers apparently work by creating a magnetic field that contains the plasma and shapes it into a blade. That would create a fearsome weapon that could burn through anything, but there would be a massive explosion if you got into a lightsaber duel because both magnetic fields would be broken releasing the plasma. In other words both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker or Obi Wan and Anikan Skywalker would be killed by their own weapons.

Fortunately we do not know how to generate the massive amounts of energy needed to power a lightsaber yet. That’s a good thing because the same technology also powers the Death Star.

The Star Wars writers claim the power comes from the Kyber crystal; and in the last Star Wars movie Rogue One it was established that the big gun in the Death Star was made from Kyber crystals. Unfortunately the writers neglected to say how the crystals generate plasma, perhaps through some form of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion.

Perhaps we should think twice about some of this fusion research. It might lead to better and more destructive weapons. Despite that many governments are determined to make both hot and cold fusion a reality for better or worse.