From: Axil Axil ➢ But Holmlid get a high energy reaction from excitation from a very low powered laser. A petawatt laser is extreme overkill.
Yes - but the problem with the Holmlid approach (if we take his claims at face value) is that the output energy is largely in the form of muons. There is no obvious way to capture muons efficiently since their decay will occur far away from the reactor. IOW it is hard to convert that kind of reaction into a usable form and it may be hard to scale. Perhaps that detail/problem (conversion) is what Holmlid is working on now. I would love to see his comments on this paper from Hora. In contrast, the boron fusion output is mostly energetic alpha particles, which can be thermalized easily or better yet, converted directly into electricity. Plus, there is some doubt about the identity of Holmlid’s copious muons and no replication has been published. If Holmlid were to modify his device for the proton-boron reaction, he could change a lot of skepticism into belief since it would be easier to measure the results, for one thing. Did you notice the mention of super heavy hydrogen in the Hora paper? That is most curious given the recent history of Hora and Holmlid working together. Is Hora referring to UDH? It may seem that Hora and Holmlid had some kind of falling-out since there is no mention of the earlier work and tons of references with no credits. More questions than answers, as of now. Here is Holmlid’s patent application -- which is easily amenable to hydrogen boron fusion https://www.google.com/patents/EP2680271A1?cl=en Imagine collecting the dense hydrogen on a substrate of boron, which then becomes the target for a laser pulse – or double pulse. Holmlid suggests the dense state can be manufactured and collected as an independent step. The ideal way to convert it in a second step would seem to be boron fusion. Holmlid would be wise to specifically add boron fusion to his application. Obviously if the new kind of “ponderomotive fusion” can be made to work with normal hydrogen, the dense state should even be better as a starting point… …unless of course the Hora suggestion is indeed making the dense hydrogen in the first pulse and reacting it in the second pulse. In that case, he should have credited Holmlid.