Proposed Plasma Jet Magneto Inertial Fusion (PJMIF) Development Plan & Partner and Sponsorship Opportunity

This Development Plan is a hypothetical plan based on the PJMIF concept as initially conceived of by C. Y. Francis Thio, Ph.D., and as incorporated in a U. S. Department of Energy SBIR abstract in 2005 under contract: DE-FGO2-04ER83978. This presentation serves as an example of a possible path to fusion which can be cost effectively pursed by the private sector.

See: Scientific white paper on PJMIF
See: Illustrated tutorial Slide show on PJMIF
See: EnergyCite® – USCL request for PJMIF scientific review
See: Irv Lindemuth, Ph.D., review of PJMIF white paper
See: John Santarius, Ph.D., scientific review of white paper

  • Scientific manpower requirements
  • Project time line and overall program cost
plan table

Manpower Requirements

Phase I: Critical Technology Evaluation (3 years, $20M).

Chief Scientist and Program Director
Technical Program Manager and Deputy Program Director for Science
Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Director for Technology
Electro-mechanical engineer: 3
Nuclear and reactor engineer: nuclear systems:1
Diagnostics physicists: 3
Computational physicists and applied mathematicians: 4
Technicians and machinists: 7
IT support: 1
CAD designer: 1
Clerical: 1

Phase IIa: Single-shot DT-equivalent breakeven conditions, Single-shot DT breakeven ($150M)

Program Leadership

Chief Scientist and Program Director
Technical Program Manager and Deputy Program Director for Science
Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Director for Technology

Liner, Target Implosion Physics and Reactor Engineering Group

Senior experimental system and HED MHD physicist (Group Leader)
Electro-mechanical engineer: Pulsed power, high-speed instrumentation, control and data
acquisition system (1)
Nuclear and reactor engineer: nuclear systems (1)
Diagnostics physicists (3)
Computational physicists/applied mathematicians (3)
Technicians (6)

Plasma Accelerator Development Group

Senior experimental system and plasma gun physicist (Group Leader)
Electro-mechanical engineer: Pulsed power systems, power electronics, control and DAS (1)
Electro-mechanical engineer: Injector and auxiliary systems (1)
Diagnostics physicist (1)
Computational physicists/applied mathematician (1)
Technicians (4)

Magnetization Development Group

Senior experimental laser and MHD plasma physicist/engineer (Group Leader)
Diagnostics physicist with a background in compact toroids (1)
Laser physicist/engineer (1)
Computational physicist/applied mathematician (1)
Technicians (2)

IT support (1)

CAD designers: (2)

Machinists (5)

Administrative Assistant (Secretary) 1

Total: 22 Ph.D. physicists and engineers, 1 IT, 2 CAD, 17 techs and machinists.

Phase IIb: Single-shot fusion gain (> 10) for practical fusion power reactor

Program Leadership

Chief Scientist and Program Director
Technical Program Manager and Deputy Program Director for Science
Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Director for Technology
Liner, Target Implosion Physics and Reactor Engineering Group
Senior experimental system and HED MHD physicist (Project Leader)
Electro-mechanical engineer: Pulsed power, high-speed instrumentation, control and data
acquisition system (1)
Nuclear and reactor engineer: nuclear systems (1)
Diagnostics physicists (3)
Computational physicists (3)
Technicians (8)

Plasma Accelerator Development Group

Senior experimental system and plasma gun physicist (Project Leader)
Electro-mechanical engineer: Pulsed power systems, power electronics, control and DAS (1)
Electro-mechanical engineer: Injector and auxiliary systems (1)
Diagnostics physicist (1)
Computational physicists (1)
Technicians (4)

Magnetization Development Group

Senior experimental laser and MHD plasma physicist/engineer (Project Leaser)
Diagnostics physicist with a background in compact toroids (1)
Laser physicist/engineer (1)
Computational physicist (1)
Technicians (2)

IT support: 1

CAD designers: 3

Machinists (8)

Administrative Assistant (Secretary) 1

Total: 22 Ph.D. physicists and engineers, 1 IT, 3 CAD, 22 techs and machinists.

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