December 11, 2012

New Plan for World's Most Powerful Laser

Geoff Brumfiel, Nature News

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Following the failure of an ambitious six-year campaign to demonstrate fusion in the lab, the US government is plotting a more methodical path for harnessing the world's most powerful laser.

The government's new plan, revealed to Nature, calls for a slower, more deliberate approach to achieving ignition: the point at which more energy is produced by a fusion reaction than is consumed.

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TAGGED: Nuclear Fusion, National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lasers


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