By imbedding a target capsule in a strong magnetic field, inertial confinement fusion researchers have demonstrated a potential path to sustained high-energy-yield NIF implosions.
LLNL was well represented at the 64th American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting, a largely in-person conference.
A record high-laser-energy NIF target shot on Sept. 19 produced about 1.2 million joules of fusion energy yield, putting NIF back on track toward ignition.
Just published in Nature Physics: LLNL researchers discovered that ions behave differently in fusion reactions than previously expected.
Follow the journey of NIF’s laser beams as they dramatically increase in energy on their way to the center of the Target Chamber.
Four former NASA astronauts, including NIF’s Jeff Wisoff, dedicated a mural painted in their honor by sharing their life’s experiences, wisdom, and advice.
A workshop showcased how laser safety regulations such as ones developed at LLNL and NIF are helping to raise the standards at academic-based research facilities.
A PDF version of a special-edition magazine that takes an in-depth look at NIF’s 1.35-megajoule milestone is now available for download.