Team McCallum

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Fusion in 2010?

The US National Ignition Facility is designed to investigate the issues surrounding fusion. It has 192 laser beams focussed on a centimetre of gold containing a tiny pellet of fuel (deuterium plus others).

A report in Science shows the target was hit with 690 kiloJoules. This is under 8% of the daily recommended energy requirement for an average woman (2000 kcals) but it was fired into the target in around 10 billionths of a second.

According to team leader Siegfried Glenzer, a number of potential obstacles to fusion have been resolved in this experiment.

Since the news report in Science, the team has run the facility at a much higher level of 1 megaJoule (1,000 kiloJoules) with fusion-ready fuel pellets.

Current calculations say 1.2 megaJoules will be required for ignition, and the facility is rated up to 1.8 megaJoules.

When will ignition happen? According to Dr Glenzer “It’s going to happen this year.”


January 28, 2010 - Posted by | Change, Fusion, National Ignition Facility, Science, Siegfried Glenzer, Success

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