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by honickmonster
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: [news] Extreme DIY: Building a homemade nuclear reactor in NYC
Replies: 31
Views: 12147

Re: [news] Extreme DIY: Building a homemade nuclear reactor in NYC

<t>On the topic of the news and media snowballing this has created. I received a call yesterday from a reporter from the AP who had found the article that my local paper ran back in January. She wanted to ask a few questions about this "guy in Brooklyn" (I had not yet seen the article so I was a lit...
by honickmonster
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: High Voltage - Fusor Input Power (& FAQs)
Topic: Power supply from this weekend hamfest.
Replies: 9
Views: 5252

Re: Power supply from this weekend hamfest.

<t>I have come to understand that a cut power cord is a semi-universal sign in some laboratories that the piece of equipment should not be plugged in (it is dead or unsafe in some way).<br/> <br/> However, about a year ago I picked up a Sorensen power supply from a local surplus shop that had its po...
by honickmonster
Thu May 27, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: Fusor Construction & Operation (& FAQs)
Topic: Neutron Field Nonuniformity
Replies: 19
Views: 6220

Re: Neutron Field Nonuniformity

<t>Great experiment, I remember you talking to me about this before.<br/> <br/> One concern I have is the way you mounted the bubble detectors. I noticed you said that you taped them onto the fusor chamber for the run. If the chamber got hot during the run, then the parts closer the the main chamber...
by honickmonster
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: Fusor in Local paper
Replies: 7
Views: 4106

Fusor in Local paper

<r>Today, my fusor was featured in a newspaper article, published in the "Our Town" (a special inset that deals with the particular town to which the paper is delivered) section in the Democrat and Chronicle (the main paper for the City of Rochester).<br/> <br/> Note, it was on the front page of the...
by honickmonster
Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Fusor Construction & Operation (& FAQs)
Topic: Neutrons!
Replies: 12
Views: 6058

Re: Neutrons!

Here are some pics of the grid. As stated above, it is constructed as per the Rosenstiel method, using stainless steel tubing and tantalum wire. The tube is .16" OD and the wire is .02". As I mentioned I had to remove the alumina stalk insulator in order to get stability above 30kv.
by honickmonster
Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:24 am
Forum: Fusor Construction & Operation (& FAQs)
Topic: Neutrons!
Replies: 12
Views: 6058

Re: Neutrons!

<t>Thank you very much for all the kind words.<br/> <br/> -Carl<br/> The He3 tube is in a moderator so it is picking up thermal neutrons, so are you saying that due to the reflective properties and the inefficiencies of the thermalization process, I am not delivering the actual neutron flux to the t...
by honickmonster
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Fusor Construction & Operation (& FAQs)
Topic: Neutrons!
Replies: 12
Views: 6058

Neutrons!

<t>This is a very bellated report of the first fusion I have done with my fusor. College apps and school work delayed me in reporting it here.<br/> <br/> My first fusion run was way back on Nov 24th. Cutting to the numbers the results I got are listed below. The numbers below are all approximate +/-...
by honickmonster
Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Neutrons, Radiation, and Detection (& FAQs)
Topic: Moderator please remove this message thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: REUTER STOKES NEUTRON DETECTOR?

<t>That part number certainly resembles other Reuter Stokes part numbers I have seen, confirming the manufacturer is indeed Reuter Stokes. Nathan Johnson at GE has been a big help in the past in identifying obsolete Reuter Stokes detectors. Send him the part number and he may have some information. ...
by honickmonster
Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Neutrons, Radiation, and Detection (& FAQs)
Topic: He3 Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 6133

Re: He3 Trouble- Solved!

<t>It looks like I have solved the problem.<br/> <br/> First of all it appears that I did not have the voltage turned up high enough. The tube was had a suggested operating range of 1200 to 1700 volts, though the maximum rated voltage is listed as 2500 volts, it started working at about 1900 volts. ...
by honickmonster
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:39 am
Forum: Neutrons, Radiation, and Detection (& FAQs)
Topic: He3 Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 6133

Re: He3 Trouble

<t>I tried cleaning out the connectors with acetone and it eliminated the excessive count rate problem! Just as a side note, the connectors are MHV (coax to He3 tube) and SHV (coax to preamp). <br/> <br/> There still remains the problem of zero response to gammas, no matter the bias voltage, amplifi...