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)
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=27566118
    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.
    AS BUCKY FULLER STATED : “DO MORE WITH LESS”

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