Friday, April 23, 2010
What are C-Beams?
Prof. DeLong changes the name of his blog every once in a while and now he calls it "Grasping Reality with C-Beams near the Tannhauser Gate". Already I have studied the location of the Tannhauser Gate, but what are C-Beams? Are they laser-like light-beams or they are objects like I-beams but in C like profile? I am quite stressed this morning because in an hour I'll be lecturing on the F/M ratio (Food/Mass for those interested in activated sludge wastewater treatment), so this C beam problem is most inconvenient and a terrible waste of time for me, but nonetheless I cant postpose dealing with it even for a moment. The best would be for Prof. DeLong to demonstrate how he uses his C-beams and grasp a handful of reality to show me; if not, my last resource will be activating my mind (a process called thinking), which is always very painful for me.
Basically, C beams seem to be heavy ion beams very handy in cold fusion. Heavy-ion induction accelerators are the "drivers" for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) power production. The pic shows the Livermore Lab's design for heavy-ion beam fusion, featuring a thick metal shield that blocks the path of the heavy-ion beam. The energy deposited behind the shield radiates through the hohlraum to compress the capsule of fusion fuel. Iron radiation shims are used to enhance symmetry of the fuel’s compression. Just now a C-beam accelerator could fit nicely in my desktop fusion machine.