Ignition

Celebrating the Milestone of Ignition

On Dec. 5, 2022, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made history, demonstrating fusion ignition for the first time in a laboratory setting — an achievement six decades in the making. Fusion ignition will provide unprecedented capability to support the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stockpile Stewardship Program and invaluable insights into the prospects of clean fusion energy.

“The pursuit of fusion ignition in the laboratory is one of the most significant scientific challenges ever tackled by humanity. Achieving it is a triumph of science, engineering, and most of all, people.”
– Kim Budil
DIRECTOR, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Inside Our Fusion Breakthrough: An Ongoing Series

PBS talks about LLNL's fusion milestone.

The official announcement that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved fusion ignition with an experiment at the National Ignition Facility generated a media blitz, with tens of thousands of news stories that reached billions of people around the globe.

Media Highlights

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