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An experiment at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has triggered ignition for the first time. Ignition is the process that amplifies energy output from nuclear fusion and that could provide an avenue for clean energy, as well as provide answers to many long-held questions in physics.
In the Aug. 8 experiment, which LLNL reported today, scientists achieved an energy yield of 1.3 MJ — more than the agreed-upon threshold for the onset of ignition — and successfully re-created the extreme temperatures and pressures found at the heart of the sun. The advancement produced more energy than any previous inertia confinement fusion experiment, proved that ignition is possible, and…READ MORE