Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

November Meeting

November 20th, 2018.


8:00 PM: Planetary Cores, Their Energy Flux Relationship, and its Implications

Integrated surface heat flux data from each planet in our solar system plus over 50 stars, including our Sun, was plotted against the object’s known mass to generate a continuous exponential curve at an R-squared value of 0.99. The unexpected, yet undeniable implication of this study is that all planets and celestial objects have a similar mode of energy production. It is widely accepted that proton-proton interactions require hydrogen gas at temperatures of about 15 million degrees, neither of which can plausibly exist within a terrestrial planet. Hence, this paper proposes a nuclear fission mechanism for all luminous celestial objects, and uses this mechanism to further suggest a developmental narrative for all celestial bodies, including our Sun This narrative was deduced from an exponential curve drawn adjacent to the first and passing through the Earth’s solid core (as a known prototype). This trend line was used to predict the core masses for each planet as a function of its luminosity. (Published earlier this year in Planetary and Space Science.)

About the speaker

Fred Johnson, Ph.D., Former Chair of the CSUF Physics Department; former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corp; APS Fellow; author of physics textbooks and over 60 scientific publications.

Social ½ Hour:

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. Fall Dinner – roasted breast of turkey with mushroom demi-glaze, scalloped potatoes, and assorted julienne vegetables in butter sauce, warm rolls and creamery butter, chef’s choice dessert, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot herbal tea. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Note the updated attendance and contact info, and the new dinner price.
Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, November 16th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door.

Dinner with no RSVP is $5 more and the entrée is whatever is available.

(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

   (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and

   (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.