Posts tagged with "National Ignition Facility"

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NIF sets new laser energy record

July 10, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s ( LLNL ) National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) laser system has set a new record, firing 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy to its target chamber -- a 15 percent improvement over NIF’s design specification of 1.8 MJ, and more than 10 percent higher than the...
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NIF achieves record double fusion yield

June 13, 2018 -  
An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s ( LLNL ) National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) has achieved a total fusion neutron yield of 1.9e16 (1.9x10 16 ) and 54 KJ of fusion energy output -- double the previous record . Researchers in LLNL’s Inertial Confinement...
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Ramp compression of iron provides insight into core conditions of large rocky exoplanets

April 16, 2018 -  
In a paper published today by Nature Astronomy , a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester have provided the first experimentally based mass-radius relationship for a hypothetical pure...
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Tour guides put NIF’s best foot forward

April 10, 2018 -  
In 2017, after more than eight years of operation, the National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) reached its epic 2,000 th shot. Over that time, as the shot rate steadily climbed, other important numbers also have risen dramatically. By the end of 2017,...
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Plasma optic combines lasers into superbeam

Oct. 16, 2017 -  
Since its introduction in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” the Death Star has remained one of science fiction’s most iconic figures. The image of Alderaan’s destruction at the hands of the Death Star’s superlaser is burned into the memory of millions of fans. Scientists and laser experts have maintained...
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National Ignition Facility's dual-purpose positioner is proving its worth

Feb. 16, 2017 -  
While multitasking may be easy for some people (and perhaps hard for others), it can be a particular challenge for the highly specialized equipment used to carry out experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). But TanDM, NIF’s new Target and Diagnostic Manipulator, is designed to do just...
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National Ignition Facility tops 400 shots in FY16

Sept. 26, 2016 -  
LIVERMORE, California – On Sept. 18, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) performed its 400th experiment of fiscal year (FY) 2016, meeting the year's goal several weeks early. In comparison, the facility completed 356 experiments in FY15 and 191 experiments in FY14. NIF is on track to complete 415...
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Climbing the mountain of fusion ignition: an interview with Omar Hurricane

May 14, 2015 -  
LLNL Distinguished Scientist Omar Hurricane, chief scientist for the Laboratory’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program, is at the forefront of the drive to achieve nuclear fusion with energy gain for the first time in a laboratory. In a wide-ranging interview with NIF & Photon Science News...
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Physics World names National Ignition Facility fuel gain top 10 breakthrough of the year

Dec. 15, 2014 -  
Physics World , an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics , has named the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top 10 breakthroughs of the year. Ignition — the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of...