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US National Ignition Facility Rethinks its Strategy for Laser Fusion

December 14, 2012

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Inside the National Ignition Facility’s 10-meter-diameter target chamber. Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The failure of the US National Ignition Facility’s six-year campaign to demonstrate fusion in the lab has the government deciding on a more methodical path for harnessing the most powerful laser ever built. The government’s new plan [PDF] was revealed to Nature, and it calls for a slower, more deliberate approach to achieve ignition, the […]

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US Ignition Facility Will Spend Less Time on Energy Research

November 7, 2012

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Laser lab shifts focus

The world’s most powerful laser ignition facility is set to emphasize its nuclear weapons research after unsuccessfully campaigning to demonstrate the principles of a fusion power plant. At the US National Ignition Facility (NIF), scientists and engineers have been working on how to focus the 192 laser beams on a gold lined “hohlraum” capsule, just […]

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