Volume 53, Number 1, 2022Modelling complex systems
|Page(s)||18 - 23|
|Published online||28 February 2022|
Breakthrough at the NIF paves the way to inertial fusion energy
Dipartimento SBAI, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, 00161, Roma, Italy
2 CELIA, Universite´ de Bordeaux–CNRS–CEA, UMR 5107, 33405 Talence, France
3 AWE, Aldermaston, Reading RG7 4PR, UK
4 Centre for Intertial Fusion Studies, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
5 Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, 56124 Pisa, Italy
6 LULI - CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau cedex, France
7 CEA-DAM, DIF, F-91297 Arpajon, France and ALP, F-33114 Le Barp, France
8 Instituto Fusión Nuclear “Guillermo Velarde” Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid, Spain
9 Central Laser Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire OX11 OQX, UK
10 Institute of Plasma Physics and Lasers, Hellenic Mediterranean University Research Centre, 74100 Rethymno, Greece
11 Department of Electronic Engineering, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 73133 Chania, Greece
12 ELI-Beamlines Center, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, 25241 Dolni Brezany, Czech Republic
13 Centro de Laseres Pulsados (CLPU), Parque Cientifico, E-37185 Villamayor, Salamanca, Spain
14 Laser-Plasma Chair at the University of Salamanca, E-37185 Villamayor, Salamanca, Spain
In August 2021, at the National Ignition Facility of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the USA, a 1.35 MJ fusion yield was obtained. It is a demonstration of the validity of the Inertial Confinement Fusion approach to achieve energy-efficient thermonuclear fusion in the laboratory. It is a historical milestone that the scientific community has achieved after decades of efforts.
© European Physical Society, EDP Sciences, 2022
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