Gallery: NIF Team Fires World’s First 2 Megajoule Ultraviolet Laser in ...


The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just fired up the world’s largest laser to shoot a record-breaking 2.03 megajoule beam of light at a tiny frozen fuel pellet. The event marks a milestone in the continuing effort to create fusion power, which is hailed as the holy grail of unlimited clean energy.

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  1. Hyncharas March 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Nuclear Fusion for humanity is a fundamentally flawed concept – we have the technology, but I don’t think we have the understanding of what separates fusion from conventional fission (as found in existing reactor systems).

    It is possible that Uranium and Plutonium simply are the wrong materials to use in the process; Thorium, however, may be the missing link.

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