Journal of Fusion Energy

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 367–376 | Cite as

Theory and Experimental Program for p-B11 Fusion with the Dense Plasma Focus

  • Eric J. LernerEmail author
  • S. Krupakar Murali
  • A. Haboub
Original Research


Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc. has initiated a 2-year-long experimental project to test the scientific feasibility of achieving controlled fusion using the dense plasma focus (DPF) device with hydrogen-boron (p-B11) fuel. The goals of the experiment are: first, to confirm the achievement of high ion and electron energies observed in previous experiments from 2001; second, to greatly increase the efficiency of energy transfer into the plasmoid where the fusion reactions take place; third, to achieve the high magnetic fields (>1 GG) needed for the quantum magnetic field effect, which will reduce cooling of the plasma by X-ray emission; and finally, to use p-B11 fuel to demonstrate net energy gain. The experiments are being conducted with a newly constructed dense plasma focus in Middlesex, NJ which is expected to generate peak currents in excess of 2 MA. Some preliminary results are reported.


Dense plasma focus Quantum magnetic field effect Nuclear fusion Aneutronic Fusion 



The authors wish to thank John Thompson for his major contributions to the design and construction of FF-1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric J. Lerner
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Krupakar Murali
    • 1
  • A. Haboub
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc.MiddlesexUSA

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