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reply to post by TKDRL
I bet it sees weaponization, long before it actually becomes a benefit to any of us. If we ever benefit from it at all. Yeah, I guess I am a bit cynical these days
So it took 192 ultra-powerful laser beams to produce just 8000 joules?
ShadeWolf...and the Polywell system being quietly investigated by the US Navy. The latter is particularly interesting, because it's derived from the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor design, which is simple enough that numerous amateur physicists have built them.
reply to post by GargIndia
Solar is flawed for many, many reasons. Fusion? Fusion is the perfect energy source. No harmful by-products (in fact, the primary by-product of fusion is something we're currently short on), practically limitless fuel, and no potential for catastrophic failures.
More on-topic, the NIF is amazing for its scale and power, but laser inertial confinement isn't going to be the way to go for fusion power generation. The two technologies I'm keeping a close eye on are tokamaks (and their derivatives), and the Polywell system being quietly investigated by the US Navy. The latter is particularly interesting, because it's derived from the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor design, which is simple enough that numerous amateur physicists have built them.
NIF was funded by Congress to provide nuclear weapons scientists with the ability to study some of the extreme conditions that can’t otherwise be created in the absence of nuclear testing. Absorbing billions of dollars of the defense budget, NIF became a target for critics of many stripes, from antinuclear protesters to rival scientists competing for funding to defense program advocates who feared the loss of projects offering more immediate benefit.
As a result, NIF’s inability to demonstrate ignition on schedule last year became a political football, with congressional debates over funding levels sometimes appearing to take a punitive tone.
One common criticism in various discussions was the seeming cockiness of some laser program leaders who appeared to take ignition for granted and who promoted NIF as a testbed for speculative, futuristic power plants rather than as an instrument for defense research.