The article by Robert Crease about Bogdan Maglich and migma aneutronic fusion seems more like a gossip column than a scientific critique.
Notwithstanding Crease's comments on Maglich's personality, there remain facts not mentioned in the story about the research that Maglich, along with distinguished colleagues, has conducted over an 18-year period that bear national attention and scrutiny:
- Maglich has performed four experiments, Migma I-IV (1973, 1975, 1976, 1982), each one getting closer to the "reactor" conditions.
- The temperature equivalent necessary for an aneutronic reaction is 100 times greater than that needed for thermal fusion. That temperature was exceeded in Migma II (1975) at 15 billion degrees.
- Holding the temperature level - an ion confinement time of 25 seconds, 100 times longer than that achieved in the best "mainline" fusion experiments - was achieved in Migma IV (1982).
- The product, ion density x confinement time, needs to be additionally increased between...