Speaking of Winterberg – here is his take on ultradense deuterium from arxiv
severak years ago…
Note the last sentence in the context of ICF laser fusion using a tabletop
laser: “ it would greatly facility the ignition of a thermonuclear detonation
wave in pure deuterium, by placing the deuterium in a thin disc”
AHA – thin disk? As in a disk of graphene?
If the ICF people at LLNL have overlooked this – shame on them
F.Winterberg Submitted on 30 Dec 2009
An attempt is made to explain the recently reported occurrence of ultradense
deuterium as an isothermal transition of Rydberg matter into a high density
phase by quantum mechanical exchange forces. It is conjectured that the
transition is made possible by the formation of vortices in a Cooper pair
electron fluid, separating the electrons from the deuterons, with the deuterons
undergoing Bose-Einstein condensation in the core of the vortices. If such a
state of deuterium should exist at the reported density of about 100,000 g/cm3,
it would greatly facility the ignition of a thermonuclear detonation wave in
pure deuterium, by placing the deuterium in a thin disc, to be ignited by a
pulsed ultrafast laser or particle beam of modest energy.
IMHO some folks, like those you identify at LLNL, are stuck in the dogma of hot
fusion being practical in the future.
It’s not that simple. Sure, ITER is a long-running brain-dead boondoggle, but
there are signs of intelligence at other Labs.
In fact, a hybrid form of hot fusion with targets made of UDD is practical and
with this kind of ICF target a desktop laser can be used.
The footprint for hot fusion becomes much smaller and much less expensive.
This can happen with the dense form of deuterium. It is a paradigm shift.
Essentially, at least as far as what is publicly available - Holmlid is closer
to this goal of small hot/cold hybrid fusion than the billion dollar efforts…
… unless that is, they are working under the radar on it at LLNL, and you have
to think they are. Friedwardt Winterberg was predicting something like this 50
years ago. He is almost 90 but still teaches physics. I hope he is around to
see the results. But the timing is uncertain, shall we say. The great
Heisenberg was his doctoral advisor <g>