Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Who Needs Plasma Rings When You Can Use Lasers?

There is more than one (theoretical) way to produce power through fusion. One of them is to use an array of lasers to fire a high enough energy pulse at a fuel pellet to compress it to the point where fusion occurs. Very science fiction-y. But it took a step closer to being reality with the development of a method that allows the lasers to fire as often as once every ten seconds. I still hope to live long enough to see a commercial fusion reactor become a reality, and it's nice to see that progress is still being made.

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