Why Haven't I Heard of the Polywell Before?

1. The Polywell has been under development by EMC2 since 1994, when the first Polywell was built. For most of that time, and up to the present day, information about it has been restricted by non-disclosure agreements - because development has been mostly funded by the Navy.

2. Compared to other nuclear projects, there has been very little money involved. Many tens of billions of dollars have been spent on conventional neutron fission power reactors; and tens of billions have been spent on nuclear fusion research projects; but total spending for the polywell has only amounted to about 10 million dollars. Thus, thousands of times as much money has been spent on other nuclear projects.

3. For more than thirty years, the focus of fusion research has been on plasma physics, and forcing the fusion of deuterium and tritium by compressing and heating a deuterium-tritium plasma. Less energy is required to fuse deuterium and tritium; consequently, it has been assumed that this is the best way to go. This is how fusion physicists have been trained, so this is where the focus has been. The Polywell works on different principles, and can use cheaper, safer fuels, but -because it is different- many physicists have ignored or dismissed the polywell as being insignificant.

Why haven't you heard of the Polywell before? Well perhaps the press has pretty much ignored it because of the non-disclosure requirements, because there is very little money involved, and most physicists -who could otherwise be explaining it to the press- have ignored it.