Tuesday, 17 July 2012

'Step towards clean #energy': Biggest laser pulse fired in human history could #power new kind of #nuclear reactor - and solve energy crisis forever


The most energetic laser shot in mankind's history was fired at the stadium-sized National Ignition Facility in California this month.

On July 5, an array of 192 lasers filed a pulse of ultraviolet laser light that deliver generated 500 trillion watts of peak power - 1,000 times more than the whole of the U.S. uses at any given time.

The pulse is a historic moment for the 'fusion' facility, which aims to generate power using a nuclear fusion reaction - similar to what happens in hydrogen bombs.

NIF Director Edward Moses said. 'It is fully operational, and scientists are taking important steps toward the quest for clean fusion energy.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2174310/Step-clean-energy-Bigg...

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