The announcement has sparked the excitement of many scientists around the world. An American public laboratory on Tuesday welcomed the “historic breakthrough” after thanking the merger Atom Energy not yet reached.
The test, carried out at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California on August 8, was “activated by the intensity of the laser light,” not less than 192, explaining the “size target of a lead” a Connected. It creates a hot spot about the diameter of a hair, melts over 10 seconds and produces 10 second watts “which is eight times more
Energy Than the last tests carried out in the spring.
Small wastes are produced
Nuclear fusion is considered the energy of tomorrow by its proponents because it produces little waste and no greenhouse gases. This differs from the splitting technique used in nuclear power plants, which involves breaking down heavy nuclear bonds to recover energy.
Fusion is the reverse process: we “marry” two light atoms to create something heavier. In this case two isotopes (atomic types) of hydrogen form helium. This is the process that works in stars, including our sun.
“A Historical Progress”
“This breakthrough puts researchers very close to the ignition threshold”, according to the press release, is the moment when the energy produced is longer than the reaction time. Preparations are already underway to replicate this experiment, which will take “several months”, according to a press release stating that detailed data will be published in a scientific journal.
“This decision is a historic breakthrough for passive control fusion research,” said Kim Poodle, director of the NIF-affiliated Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Professor Steven Rose, co-director of the Center for Research in the Field at Imperial College London, said, “This is the most significant improvement in the sluggish merger since its inception in 1972. But turning this concept into a source of renewable electrical energy can be a long process and involves overcoming significant technological challenges.” Co-Director Jeremy Sittenton.
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