August 17, 2021

Major nuclear fusion milestone reached as 'ignition' triggered in a lab

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2021-08-17 22:00:10

August 17, 2021

by Hayley Dunning, Imperial College London

Ignition is a key process that amplifies the energy output from nuclear fusion and could provide clean energy and answer some huge physics questions.

A new experiment appears to have triggered ignition for the first time, at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, recreating the extreme temperatures and pressures found at the heart of the Sun.

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