WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A teenage boy from Memphis, Tennessee has been recognized as the youngest person in the world to successfully build a nuclear reaction.
- Jackson Oswalt was only 12 years old when he transformed a playroom in his parents’ house into a nuclear laboratory.
- Jackson, now 14, was recognized by the Open Source Fusor Research Consortium for his achievement but scientists are still skeptical until the boy’s works are verified and published in an academic journal.
A Memphis teenager became the youngest person to ever build a nuclear fusion reactor. The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, a hobbyist group, has reportedly recognized Jackson Oswalt’s achievement in January 2018 when the boy was only 12 years old.
“For those that haven’t seen my recent posts, it will come as a surprise that I would even consider believing I had achieved fusion,” young Jackson wrote on the Fusor.net forum.
“Over the past month I have made an enormous amount of progress. I now have results that I believe to be worthy, ” the teen added.
Jackson said he converted a playroom in his parents’ house into a nuclear laboratory. He spent $10,000 for the equipment which utilizes “50,000 volts of electricity to heat deuterium gas and fuse the nuclei to release energy.”
“The start of the process was just learning about what other people had done with their fusion reactors,” Jackson told Fox News in an interview.
He then said that he assembled a list of parts that he needed.
“I got those parts off eBay primarily and then oftentimes the parts that I managed to scrounge off of eBay weren’t exactly what I needed. So I’d have to modify them to be able to do what I needed to do for my project,” Jackson shared.
His father, Chris Oswalt, told USA Today that there was “a great disbelief until they actually see it.” Chris works at a medical equipment company.
Due to Jackson’s age, scientists are still skeptical and want Oswalt’s works to be verified by an official organization. They should also be published in an academic journal.
Jackson has now unseated the previous record holder, Taylor Wilson who achieved fusion at the age of 14, as the youngest person in the world to build a working nuclear reaction.
Source: The Guardian