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.

How to use lasers to initiate and control nuclear fusion

How to use lasers to initiate and control nuclear fusion

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.

Amplifing the laser power to acheive what is needed

Amplifying the laser power to achieve what is needed

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.

The path for the laser beam before getting to the Fusion material

The path for the laser beam before getting to the Fusion material

More information about NIF can be found at: https://lasers.llnl.gov

The laser beams are split and amplified

The laser beams are split and amplified