Monday, March 16, 2009

Nuclear fusion energy and the NIF

After reading Tom Friedman's post in the New York Times yesterday, about the National Ignition Facility and its goal of harnessing fusion energy, I sauntered over to the NIF website.

Pretty remarkable, what's going on there. It's the fruition of an almost 50-year-old goal. According to this page, scientists have been dreaming of using multiple lasers to ignite a fusion micro-explosion ever since the laser was invented in 1960.

Browsing around the NIF site will give you a pretty thorough grounding in the basics of nuclear fusion energy. Who better to learn it from, than the folks who are making it happen?

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