Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by caden_Burkhardt » Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:23 pm

8/31/20- bought TC gauge and readout

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by Robert Virkus » Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:37 pm

Hello Caden,

You have probably thought through all the safety issues but if you have not, please make sure you don't accidentally generate some dangerous X-rays!

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Robert

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by Dennis P Brown » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:43 am

As for x-rays, as Richard points out - distance is one's friend when the fusor is running.

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by John Futter » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:51 am

Robert
While we are at it
could you please edit your profile so that you are Robert Virkus as the rules state not just Robert
Thank you

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by Robert Virkus » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:00 pm

I was doing an X-ray experiment while a student in physics and I was deeply engrossed in thought and I just walked right around the shielding like an idiot right up to the device without thinking when it was full on so I know it's possible to defeat safety protocols.

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by Dennis P Brown » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:06 pm

Running a fusor at home requires essentially zero margin for error when it comes to high voltage; sure, the x-ray radiation is dangerous (and need not be with careful design) but a short exposure is highly unlikely to cause long term health issues, much less death. Not so with the power supply - one mistake and death is instantaneous. Rethink doing this if you feel that you cannot follow strict procedures without failure.

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by caden_Burkhardt » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:02 am

9/5/20-Tc gauge readout arrive-analog with two set points
9/11/20- Tc gauge arrived
9/13/20- Hooked up the tc gauge to my chamber and ran a preliminary vacuum test. I got my chamber down to 100 mTorr
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I'm yet to do a plasma run with my new vacuum gauge but I hope to do so, record the data and compare it to the visual vacuum gauge FAQ

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Re: Caden Burkhardt-Fusor Progress

Post by Dennis P Brown » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:43 pm

Is your chamber only reaching 100 microns or is that the gauge giving an inaccurate reading? Try the gauge just on the pump head and that will tell you: first, if the gauge is likely accurate; second, whether your chamber is leaking or not.

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