Inertial Electrostatic Confinement

What it Is, How it Works

Dr. George Miley's (University of Illinois) IEC-GD Device [3]

To use Farnsworth's description of the process:

" The trajectories or the charged particles are determined .by the composite field or poissor [italics added] which is produced by the aggregate of the fields of the oppositely charged particles. When a positively charged particle (ion) of zero velocity falls from a point just inside a virtual anode (which defines a spherical positive potential boundary) it is accelerated toward the adjacent virtual cathode and, in passing beyond it decelerates toward a condition of zero velocity at an equipotentiaI boundary of that from which it started, and then repeats this velocity rate of change from zero to maximum, and then again to maximum in the opposite direction. Electrons likewise will oscillate through virtual anodes between negative equipotential barriers. Since one polarity of charged particle approaches its maximum velocity while the other polarity approaches its minimum, the two species maintain their separate identities and spaced charges. Hence, it is seen that the particles are trapped inertially between such equipotential boundaries; accordingly, I call my method for containing the nuclear-fusion reacting particles "inertial containment." The ions which are created on the inward sides of the boundaries of the spherical virtual anodes and which oscillate through or near the center of the device produce the required density thereat to satisfy the conditions for a self-sustaining nuclear fusion reaction. Thus, the charged particles are literally compressed into the required density in the central region by the process of inertial containment, and the present device utilizes this process." [4]