Friedwardt Winterberg

Friedwardt Winterberg

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  • Ph.D., Physics 1955 Max Planck Institute, Goettingen, Germany (Adv: Prof. W. Heisenberg)
  • M.S., Physics 1953 University of Frankfurt, Germany (Adv: Prof. F. Hund)

Professional Experience

  • 1968-Present Professor of physics, University of Nevada Reno
  • 1966 Tenure
  • 1963-1968 Associate professor of of physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1959-1963 Assistant professor of physics, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955-1959 Group leader theoretical physics division at nuclear research reactor in Hamburg, Germany, under President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" program

Professional Awards and Accomplishments

  • Honorary member of German Aero-Space Society Lilienthal-Oberth.
  • Elected member International Academy of Astronautics, Paris, France.
  • Member of American Physical Society.
  • Recipient of the 1979 Hermann Oberth Gold Medal (the highest award in astronautical research given for his work on nuclear rocket propulsion).
  • At 26 years of age in 1955, laid the foundation for GPS system, proposing to put atomic clocks into artificial satellites, the only practical application of Einstein's general theory of relativity.
  • Under the Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 68, Dr. Winterberg's special achievements in the field of high energy physics, which have brought distinction to the state, and the university, were acknowledged. He was especially commended for his work on the concept of magnetic insulation in the production of ion beams and its contribution to the effort to find solutions for crucial national problems of energy production and defense.
  • Dr. Winterberg obtained his Ph.D. under Dr. Werner Heisenberg, and is listed as one of the four notable students of Werner Heisenberg on Heisenberg's 'Wikipedia entry, along with Felix Bloch, Edward Teller and Rudolph E. Peierls.
  • His thermonuclear microexplosion ignition concept was adopted by the British Interplanetary Society for their Daedalus Starship Study.
  • With his novel fusion concept using two Marx generators, he hopes to reduce the cost for thermonuclear ignition thousand fold, opening the prospect for abundant clean nuclear energy.
  • His view on the state of fundamental physics research is presented in a lecture at the Imperial College in London, in September 2004, with the title: "The Einstein Myth and The Crisis In Modern Physics."
  • About the origin of the general Theory of Relativity: On "Belated Decision in the Hilbert-Einstein Priority Dispute," published by L. Corry, J. Renn, and J. Stachel. Z. Naturforsch. 59a, 715-719 (2004), by Professor Winterberg.
  • Conjectured Transient Release Of Zero Point Vacuum Energy In Powerful Electric Discharges
  • Dr. Winterberg has achieved notable distinction with hundreds of internet references and entries on his behalf. (See also the Wikipedia entry on Dr. Friedwardt Winterberg)

Research Interests

Theoretical research on fundamental physics, foundations of quantum mechanics, physics on the Planck scale, special and general relativity, and advanced concepts for nuclear fusion and space physics.

Selected Publications

More than 260 single author papers in refereed journals, two books, with many citations, including citations by the NY Times, Scientific American, Physics Today et al., 55 publications since 1992.

  • Theory of Nerva Type nuclear fission rocket reactors. 2nd United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses Atomic Energy, A/Conf.15/P/1055, Geneva 1958; also translated into Russian under "Selected Reports of Non-Soviet Scientists", Moscow, Atomizdat 3,453 (1958).
  • First proposal for Impact Fusion Z. Naturforsch. 19a, 231 (1964); Magnetic macroparticle acceleration for impact fusion, J. Nuclear Energy 8, 541 (1966).
  • Implosion of dense plasma by hypervelocity impact, Plasma Physics 10, 55 (1968).
  • First proposal to use Marx generators for thermonuclear microexplosion ignition, Phys. Rev. 174, 212 (1968).
  • Fast detonation wave ignition by high explosive driven petawatt laser, 1969, entitled "Can a Laser Beam Ignite a Hydrogen Bomb?" In 1970 classified as Secret Restricted Data (NP-18252) by the United States Atomic Energy Commission, declassified in 1976. Magnetically insulated diode for the generation of multimegampere -megavolt ion beams. Enrico Fermi School on Physics of High Energy Density, Varenna 1969, published by Academic Press in 1971.
  • Thermonuclear Detonation Wave Ignition of a Dense z-Pinch by Electron or Laser beam, Desert Research Institute Monograph, March 1969, published in part in Nuclear Fusion 12, 353 (1972), and Enrico Fermi School on Physics of High Energy Density, 1969.
  • Fission with laser, Nature 241, 449 (1973), and Micro-fission-fusion chain reactions, Z. Naturforsch. 280, 900 (1973).
  • Magnetized Target Fusion by Hypervelocity Impact. Z. Naturforsch. 39a, 325 (1984).
  • Several papers on a Double, High Voltage Lower Current for Thermonuclear Ignition-- High Current Lower Voltage for Magnetic Confinement, Marx Generator. Z. Naturforsch. 58a, 612 (2003); Physics of Plasmas 11, 245 (2004).
  • Planck Mass Plasma Vacuum Conjecture, Z. Naturforsch. 58a, 231 (2003).
  • The Planck Aether Hypothesis, monograph published by the C.F. Gauss Academy of Science Press. Reno, Nevada 2002. (Copies of this work can be purchased from the C.F. Gauss Academy of Science Press, P.O. Box 18265, Reno, Nevada 89511; Price $20.00 plus shipping).