Laser Fusion; Innovative STAR Technology Coming to Earth

Laser Fusion; Innovative STAR Technology Coming to Earth

Fusion energy in the sphere of laser is taking off. It has since long been envisaged to ignite fusion energy through laser. The experiment shows how a great amount of energy can be harnessed from the ignition of laser fusion often referred to as star energy.

The lasers are intended to burst up heat to unprecedented levels. This tremendous heat is fundamental for nuclear fusion to be made possible.

Laser fusion experiments have been conducted in the past. Unfortunately, all of them have failed due to the ineffective method used to feeding-in the energy. Brian MacGowan of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, is already working on another attempt to make fusion energy possible. He has created extremely sophisticated transmitters of laser. This enables a better amplification of the laser making it even more powerful. Fusion energy is slowly paving its way into the future.

The eventual project of laser fusion was started in 2009, at Livermore’s 192-laser beam National Ignition Facility (NIF).

The team is using two isotopes made from hydrogen; Tritium and Deuterium. These components are not key chemicals for the fusion to take place. The symmetrical implosion according to NIF will ignite the fusion from laser pulses of an approximately of 1.2 and up to 1.3 mega-joules. Where the full capacity of the machine is as high as 1.8 mega -joules.

NIF manager, Jeff Wisoff says that progress is in the right direction. In the recent year, focus has been on increasing the energy capacity of the laser. Now a second phase has been reached whereby a 10 centimeter-thick aluminum target chamber is being built with immense concrete doors where neutrons are expected to be created, and produce energy from the laser fusion experiment.

The beam compression will be tested in the coming month. If all tests turns-out smoothly the fusion ignition could well be experimented at the end of 2010.

Understanding How Laser Fusion Works

Source: New Scientist
National Ignition Facility

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