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The experiment yielded about 1010 high-energy neutrons, a measure of the number of fusion reactions achieved. This is a record for MagLIF, although it stillfalls well short of ignition. Nevertheless, the test demonstrates the appeal of such pulsed-power approaches to fusion. “A substantial gain is more likely to be achieved at an early date with pulsed power,” says nuclear physicist David Hammer of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, who co-wrote a 2013 US National Research Council assessment of approaches to fusion energy.
reply to post by Bedlam
I mean fusion that provides more energy then it costs to fuse. "Ignition"
Whether they reuse holograms or whatever they are called I could care less, maybe they make nice charms for bracelets, or pendants.
Why did everyone jump on board though? What exactly is the "ignition" point. How many neutrons do they need? I've never heard an exact goal. They just keep getting closer. Well the closer you get to the speed of light the fatter you get.
reply to post by ChefSlug
They've gotten more energy out than they put in. That is the determining factor. They are not factoring in the trillions they've spent up to this point trying to make it work or the hundreds of billions it will cost to scale it down into something practical.
edit on 30-12-2013 by dainoyfb because: I felt like it.