Letter: And Migma Facts

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 t

David Bird
Jan 19, 1990

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...

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