Death Star-esque laser to solve power crisis (PHOTOS) — RT

Death Star-esque laser to solve power crisis (PHOTOS) — RT.

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The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber. NIF recently achieved a 500 terawatt shot – 1,000 times more power than the United States uses at any instant in time (Damien Jemison/LLNL)

Will we soon see perceptual cheap energy ? Chain Reaction ? Better call up Keanu Reaves.

In a project fifteen years in the making, scientists have created a record-breaking laser that could solve the energy crisis for good. The US National Ignition Facility is now one step closer to generating a controllable nuclear fusion reaction.

The American National Ignition Facility (NIF) has entered the encyclopedias by generating a 500 terawatt shot, simultaneously using 192 beams. In simpler terms, that’s “1,000 times more power than the United States uses at any instant in time, and … about 100 times what any other laser regularly produces today” says the NIF.
Due to the manner in which the multiple beams converge to focus extreme levels of energy and ultimately power on a specific target, some have likened it to the Death Star, the moon-sized station from the Star Wars movies.
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A view of a cryogenically cooled NIF target as “seen” by the laser through the hohlraum’s laser entrance hole. In ignition experiments, the hydrogen in the fuel capsule must be compressed to about 100 times the density of lead (Photo from http://www.llnl.gov)

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Seen from above, each of NIF’s two identical laser bays has two clusters of 48 beamlines, one on either side of the utility spine running down the middle of the bay (Photo from http://www.llnl.gov)

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