A NIF experiment this month made a significant step toward ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules (MJ). This advancement puts researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition.
A new machine learning-based approach that combines simulation and experimental data for ICF experiments is more accurate than simulations alone.
To support the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, weapon designers, experimentalists, and engineers turn to platforms of immense energy and engineering prowess such as NIF.
An extensive suite of nuclear diagnostics helped meet the challenge of understanding exactly what’s happening in a NIF implosion under extreme conditions.
Recent experiments at NIF have shown that the “burning plasma” stage needed for achieving ignition may be within reach.
A report highlights NIF’s progress toward fusion ignition, contributions to stockpile stewardship and plasma physics research.