December 11, 2012
New Plan for World's Most Powerful Laser
Geoff Brumfiel, Nature News
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.
TAGGED: nuclear fusion, National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, lasers