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Expert in Plasma Physics

Expert ID: 723029 New Jersey, USA

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Since 1981, he has developed original theories of quasars, large-scale structure, the microwave background and the origin of light elements all based on the plasma cosmology approach, which is an alternative to the Big Bang theory. This work has been presented at international conferences and published in the Astrophysical Journal, Astrophysics and Space Sciences and other scientific journals. Most recently, he has analyzed data on galaxy surface brightness to test the expansion of the universe. He was a visiting astronomer at the European Southern Observatory, Santiago, Chile, in 2006.

He is an internationally known researcher in plasma physics, fusion technology and in particular the dense plasma focus (DPF) device. The DPF uses the pinch effect to produce high magnetic fields and high plasma temperature. Beginning in 1984, he developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of DPF. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for advanced fuel fusion and space population. Under a series of contracts with JPL, he planned and participated in carrying out experiments that tested and confirmed this theory. In these experiments he designed the instrumentation and analyzed the data produced. In addition, he developed an original model of the role of the strong magnetic field effect on DPF functioning, showing that this effect could have a large effect on increasing ion temperature and decreasing electron temperature. In 2006 he began a new series of experiment in collaboration with, and partially funded by, the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission. He is the co-inventor on a patent application for a new approach to fusion energy, based on the DPF. This includes a new method of efficiently converting x-rays to electrical energy. He has been an invited speaker at the 5th and 6th Symposia on Current Trends in International Fusion Research. His work has been published in Laser and Particle Beams and IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. In addition to his work in fusion technology, he is an expert in plasma instability theory and magneto-plasma dynamics.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Stamford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: BA Subject: Physics Institution: Columbia University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1974 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He carries out extensive research in plasma physics in the fields of controlled fusion and astrophysics. This work includes the development of original theories in both fields, the conception and supervision of experiments in fusion (carried out in collaboration with leading universities), and publication of papers. In addition, as President, he solicits funding for the research, raising money both from government grants, such as from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as from private investors. He also consults on a variety of subjects, including plasma physics and computer technology and writes extensively on science and technology for the technical press.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1994 to 2001 Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Role: Principal Invesitigator Description: He supervised an extensive series of experiments, in cooperation with University of Illinois and Texas A&M University on the use of the plasma focus device for fusion propulsion. He developed a theoretical model, designed electrodes, designed diagnostic equipment, including x-ray detector and filters, Rogowski coil. He actively participated in the experiments including selection of experimental parameters and construction of heating apparatus for decaborane functioning. He analyzed the resulting data. The experiments demonstrated the achievement of 200keV energies (equivalnet to 2 billion degrees).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE
American Astronomical Society
Publications and Patents Summary
He is the author of one book, "The Big Bang Never Happened", 15 scientific papers, and over 600 magazine articles on science and technolgy and holds one patent.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Seminar on focus fusion apporach to fusion energy production
Other Relevant Experience
He has been a researcher in plasma physics since 1979, and has become internationally known for his studies linking cosmic plasma phenomena and laboratory fusion devices, especially the dense plasma focus. He has developed original theories of quasars, large scale structure, the microwave background and the origin of light elements all based on the plasma cosmology approach, which is an alternative to the Big Bang theory. This work has been presented at international conferences and published in the Astrophysical Journal, Astrophysics and Space Sciences and other scientific journals.
In 2001, he and colleagues at Texas A&M University successfully achieved ion and electron energies equivalent to two billion degrees K, sufficient to fuse hydrogen-boron fuel. Two years later he demonstrated that the high magnetic fields that can be produced in the plasma focus will greatly reduce the cooling of the plasma by x-rays form the electrons, and thus make achieving net energy production easier. He has presented this work as an invited speaker at the Fifth and Sixth Symposium on Current Trends in International Fusion
He is currently preparing for a new set of plasma focus experiments, including using hydrogen boron fuel, in collaboration with the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission, as well as continuing research in plasma cosmology.
In addition to research activity, he has written widely on scientific and technological subjects, publishing over 600 articles in magazines such as IEEE Spectrum, Aerospace America, Discover and IBM Research.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Frech He can easily read French, but not speak or write it,

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