In the world of science there is a new contender for the title of the youngest nuclear physicist who has reached the fusion reaction. They are 13-year-old boy named Jackson Asphalt, living in Tennessee (USA). While his peers, which is typical for this age, played video games and watched TV, Jackson was busy assembling a compact fusion reactor in his laboratory, which he himself created in the former playroom of his house, writes the portal Science Alert.
To create a fusion plant, Oswalt began when he was only 12 years old, but on January 19, 2018, just a few hours before his 13th birthday, He said that he had achieved his goal.
With the help of 50,000 volts of energy, the guy was able to successfully push two atoms of gaseous deuterium inside the reactor he created, successfully draining the nucleus in the zone of active plasma. After additional research Asphalt became more confident in the results achieved.
For those who have not seen my previous ones and said that I will never be able to achieve the process of nuclear fusion, this information should be a surprise. During the past month, I have made a lot of progress by solving all the major flaws of my system. And now I got the results, which I think are worth something, ” wrote Oswald on the forum Fusor.net
In fairness it should be noted that while his results are not subject to third-party evaluation of other experts and will not be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, all his words should be taken with a fair degree of skepticism.
However, he is not the only one who is sure of Oswalt’s success. The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium also confirmed the boy’s results. According to website administrator Jason hull, Oswalt has been added to the list of Amateur groups that have achieved thermonuclear fusion.
Excellent work. Excellent system. You’ve invested a lot of money in this setup,” hull commented.
By the way, it is worth noting that the cost of creating a nuclear reactor of Oswalt, which is a “tiny fusor”, really turned out to be quite significant – about 10 thousand dollars, which the boy was given by his parents. At the same time, Jackson’s father says that he allowed his son to work on the project only after he invited specialists who told the boy about the dangers associated with radiation and voltage of thousands of volts.
If the boy’s results are reviewed or verified by a scientific organization, he will officially push back 14-year-old Taylor Wilson, who was before the youngest man ever to achieve thermonuclear fusion.