Gallery: World’s Largest Laser to Attempt Nuclear Fusion


Laser enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice. California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just unveiled its $3.5 billion National Ignition Facility, a 10 story building as wide as three football fields that contains the world’s largest laser. When it goes online the facility will focus 192 laser beams on a 2 millimeter ball of frozen hydrogen gas in an attempt to create nuclear fusion – the holy grail of clean energy. If the machine does succeed, it stands to monumentally alter our energy landscape — one cubic kilometer of sea water has the fusion energy equivalent of the entire planet’s oil reserves!

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  1. MrCRT August 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    And it will still fail to read DVDs / Bluerays as the lasers fail just like all the other consumer electronic stuff does !!!!!!!

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  3. Tom Tolman February 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    The alternative approach to controlled fusion power seems to me to have better long-term prospects, as it might provide for essentially continuous power production rather than pulsed. That is magnetic confinement and compression of a plasma. This alternative approach is, as I recall, being pursued by Los Alamos National Laboratory. What is the status of that development program???

  4. Tensegrity June 7, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Sorry but this is not the the first invention in the world to produce more energy than it consumes.
    The Hydrosonic pump, (cavitation heater)
    has been providing for the ability to produce more power than it consumes for some years now.
    and at a whole lot less cost than $3.5 billion.

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