The Polywell Guy

Hello Stack Exchange!

I hold a doctorate in engineering and 7+ years experience working on subsystems for the National Ignition Facility. For many years, I have been trying to explain plasma physics to the common man. I am excited and humbled to join the Stack Exchange physics community. My expertise is in plasma physics, nuclear fusion, fusion power, fusors and the Polywell. I don't know everything, but I am always trying to learn more. I am excited to engage with this community so I can listen and I can add what knowledge I have about fusion research and the polywell.


I founded The Polywell Blog in 2009, under the pen name John Smith. I was the creative force behind more than 33 posts, 12 films and 10 codes explaining and modeling the polywell. I have since expanded my blog to discuss alternative fusion research broadly. Often, my blog takes the latest papers from leading academic journals and translates them into plain English. The purpose is to present the science as-we-find-it not as-we-like-it. Posts can be collaborative efforts, but because this is not peer reviewed so there are mistakes.

Here are some of my other web profiles:

  1. https://github.com/ThePolywellGuy
  2. https://twitter.com/ThePolywellGuy
  3. https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePolywellGuy
  4. http://climatecolab.org/web/guest/member/-/member/userId/1249301
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