12-Year-Old Jackson Oswalt from Memphis, Tennessee has reportedly built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his family’s spare room, becoming the ‘youngest person’ on Earth, to ever build a functional nuclear reactor.
It has been reported that the boy created his atomic fusion experiment in a spare room using $10,000 worth of parts purchased from eBay.
The device built using customized vacuums, pumps and chambers obtained via eBay can smash together atoms with enough power to fuse them into one, releasing energy trapped inside the atoms.
All details about how to build a working nuclear fusion reactor were found online.
On January 19 last year, before the boy turned 13, he achieved nuclear fusion breaking the previous record of the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion set by Taylor Wilson, who achieved it aged 14.
In an interview with Fox News, Oswalt said that “The start of the process was just learning about what other people had done with their fusion reactors.”
“After that, I assembled a list of parts I needed. [I] got those parts off eBay primarily and then often times 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.”
To build his device, Jackson used help from the Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, an online forum for amateur physicists.
The year-long project was funded by Jackson’s parents who allowed their kid to work on the project after ensuring his safety by having experts guide and educate Jackson about the hazards working with radiation.
As explained by Fox News, Richard Hull, from the research consortium verified Jackson’s results.