From what I understand, it has long been the expectation that the beryllium electrodes are the key ingredient for break-even fusion. With those in hand, is this next campaign of experiments expected to be the final run to Q > 1? I know unexpected issues are bound to pop up, but hopefully they won’t be anything too major.
What would be the next step if the results are good, but not good enough? Are there any other obvious improvements that could be made? I’m guessing any further improvement would have to be to the power electronics. It seems like the chamber and electrodes have been pretty optimized at this point.