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Title    Laser-Sparked Fusion Surpasses Break-Even
Date    Thursday February 13 2014, @04:56PM
Author    robind
Topic   
from the 50-years-away dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/02/13/1636221

amblivious writes: "For the first time, laser-driven fusion has passed a milestone called fuel gain, the point at which more energy is produced than is consumed in starting the reaction. In a trial at the National Ignition Facility late last year, 15 kilojoules of energy was released with an input of 10 kilojoules (Nature). Although this is not yet a self-sustaining reaction because the reactor as a whole consumes more energy it is expected that collisions with helium nuclei generated in the reaction will lead to ignition. See the article at New Scientist for more information."

Links

  1. "National Ignition Facility" - https://lasers.llnl.gov/
  2. "Nature" - http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13008.html
  3. "article" - http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129562.400-lasersparked-fusion-power-passes-key-milestone.html

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