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Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility earns magazine's award

Original post made on Dec 19, 2014

Physics World, an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics, has named Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility's (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top 10 "Breakthroughs of the Year."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:39 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Tim Hitchcock
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

That's cool.

But when will the games playing stop, and we start doing FUSION for REAL.

Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

mooseturd is a registered user.

@Tim Hitchcock---- What they have done is REALLY REALLY fusion.

Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Dec 21, 2014 at 1:24 am

Yes, there is some fusion of hydrogen nuclei, as evidenced by the fact that neutrons resulting from the fusion are detected. But that's nothing new and is not the goal of the current efforts. The goal is to achieve "Ignition", which means reaching a condition where there are so many fusion events and so much energy being released that it heats up the rest of the hydrogen fuel even more and the fusion reactions become self-sustaining even without any further energy input from the lasers.

Posted by Tim Hitchcock
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Dec 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

Design, Engineer and build a working FUSION reactor.


Direct to electricity.

3 Billion degrees.

NO reason we cannot do this now.


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