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2Physics Quote:
"Eckhard D. Falkenberg, who found evidence of an annual oscillation in the beta-decay rate of tritium, was either the first or one of the first to propose that some beta-decay rates may be variable. He suggested that the beta-decay process may be influenced by neutrinos, and attributed the annual variation to the varying Earth-Sun distance that leads to a corresponding variation in the flux of solar neutrinos as detected on Earth. Supporting evidence for the variability of beta-decay rates could be found in the results of an experiment carried out at the Brookhaven National Laboratory."
-- Peter A. Sturrock, Ephraim Fischbach, Jeffrey D. Scargle

(Read Full Article: "Indications of an Influence of Solar Neutrinos on Beta Decays"

Saturday, September 03, 2005

'Inertial Confinement'

The "inertial confinement" technique uses lasers or ion beams rather than
magnets to confine the plasma. This will be investigated by the National
Ignition Facility (NIF) in the US and the Laser M├ęgajoule (LMJ) in France.
However, both these billion-dollar lasers will primarily be used for nuclear
-weapons research, with only 15% of their time being available for other
areas of physics. In this conventional approach to inertial confinement, the
lasers that compress the fuel capsule also heat it.

Some useful links on this topic:


At 11:19 PM, Blogger Vijay said...


Can you post some links and details about such topics.

IMO, it really doesn't serve the purpose when your posts are this short. Just my 2 cents.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Vijay said...

Thanks for the links. The link to ucb IFE details the whole concept and the programme with the limitations behind it.

I really appreciate your effort !


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