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Well, Phil has got the
January 15, 2003 — 17:21

Well, Phil has got the ion gun design

working
on his fusor.  <heh>  Very cool.  Runs with less
power, more easily controlled and still has higher neutron counts.  Gotta
love this stuff, eh?

I did some DWF renderings of the clone of the multipactor ion gun
patent and posted them on the
fusor.net forum.  Phil mentioned he was
looking at a multipactor design, and this was likely the patent.  Hopefully
it’ll be of help.

Got SIMION 7.0 today.  Not a bad program at all.  The demo is
incomprehensible to someone like me, so I was glad to see the real version
actually worked like I thought it would – I kept banging my head against
whatever they did to cripple the freely downloadable version.  The manual
is a satisfyingly thick, 1.25" of 8.5 x 11 paper entity, chock full o’ detail
about using the program.  This thing is an order of magnitude less in price
than something of comparable utility to the Field Precision offerings. 
They also have terrific student discounts, so rock on.

We’ll see how long it takes me to start modeling even simple things.  It
would be most excellent to have an analytical model of the chamber so I can play
mind games with myself.  <heh>  Delusions of adequacy, I know. 
Every one of these analytical/visualization tools are non-trivial to use because
it’s a non-trivial system.  But I should be able to get a simple grid
modeled with a single ion.  Dave Cooper has promised to upload a SIMION
Model which does just that, so that’ll be cool to see.  So at least the
diligent and talented can reproduce this :)  We’ll see how well I make out.

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