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March 7 2013

Giant laser needs a revamp to achieve nuclear fusion


There's more than one way to spark a star. Although the world's biggest laser missed a key target date on the road to producing clean energy via nuclear fusion, an independent review panel says the technology holds enough promise to continue the quest with a few modifications.

The US National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California is the latest in a series of lasers built to study nuclear fusion reactionsMovie Camera. The goal is to one day replace uranium-based nuclear fission with cleaner, safer fusion reactions to drive power plants.

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