IamA (I built a fusion reactor in my bedroom) AMA!
Over the past year, my twin bother and I built a functioning inertial electrostatic confinement fusion reactor in my bedroom. The project took nearly 1,000 hours of research, planning, constructing, and operating (average 3 hours a day). We proved fusion by detecting fast neutrons on April 26, 2016 (coincidentally the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident) while attending high school as seniors (We graduated last month). We are currently 19 years old. I sent our data to the head of nuclear science and engineering and director of plasma science and fusion center at MIT who agreed that we had observed fusion neutrons from deuterium-deuterium fusion. I have received multiple requests to do an AMA and have finally decided to submit one.
I will answer questions related to theory, methods of operation and construction, and any other relevant questions.
Here is an image of me next to the reactor.
Here is an image of the fusion plasma (-35 kV, 10 mA at 5-15 mtorr of deuterium).
Here is a the official list of amateur fusioneers (look for Kuba and Noah in the high school listing at the bottom of the post).
Here is a more detailed description of a fusion test.