Using Lasers to Initiate and Control the Hottest Reaction in the Universe
New Research Using Lasers for Fusion Energy.
The United States, National Ignition Facility, located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is the world’s largest laser system with 192 huge laser beams in one massive building, all focused down at the last moment at a 2 millimeter ball containing frozen hydrogen gas.
Here is a video that explains how this massive state of the art laser process works.
The goal is to achieve fusion which will allow researchers to get more energy out of the reaction than was used to create it. It’s never been done before under controlled conditions, just in nuclear weapons and in stars for which we had to part.
Why Experiment with the Powerful Science?
The purpose is threefold: to create an almost limitless supply of safe, carbon-free, proliferation-free electricity; examine new regimes of astrophysics as well as basic science; and study the inner-workings of the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons to ensure they remain safe, secure and reliable without the need for underground testing.
More information about NIF can be found at: https://lasers.llnl.gov