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    operating regimes studied by Thorson are in the same range as what little there has been published by the polywell experiments. Therefore, the ion-neutral collisions and charge exchange losses would be comparable between the fusor and the polywell.

    This is even before you start considering the extremely short electron confinement time due to the losses from the cusp fields and the enormous amount of power needed to maintain your electron population.

    Yes, I realize there is a publication embargo, one might ask why this research is being funded by the Navy instead of the Department of Energy. Short answer, you can make high energy neutrons which have various uses, but you won't make energy.

    It's easy to make whatever claims you might want if you're not publishing your results. This should, in and of itself, generate skepticism.

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