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Scientists use a laser to align the plasma created at the Proto-MPEX machine at ORNL. Credit: Ted Biewer/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Fusion—Heating the core

October 8, 2019

In a recent study, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory performed experiments in a prototype fusion reactor materials…
ARC experiments exceed expectations

May 18, 2019

The first proton-acceleration experiments using the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) short-pulse laser have produced protons…
Artificial intelligence accelerates efforts to develop clean, virtually limitless fusion energy

April 19, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed…
New device in Z machine measures power for nuclear fusion

April 11, 2019

If you’re chasing the elusive goal of nuclear fusion and think you need a bigger reactor to do…
LLNL, universities form HED science alliance

February 5, 2019

High-energy density (HED) science is foundational to the nationally important research conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)…
Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe’s origins

January 23, 2019

Using simulations and calculations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted…
NIF achieves record double fusion yield

June 14, 2018

An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has achieved a total…
Recreating supernova reaction yields new insights for fusion energy

April 26, 2018

We study exploding stars in our quest to make reliable fusion energy a reality, but chances are we’ve…
A first for direct-drive fusion

September 8, 2016

Scientists at the University of Rochester have taken a significant step forward in laser fusion research. Experiments using…
German W7-X fusion device produces first hydrogen plasma, with PPPL collaborators on hand

February 8, 2016

The largest and most advanced fusion experiment of its kind in the world launched this week, and it…
Thor’s hammer to crush materials at 1 million atmospheres

January 6, 2016

Sophisticated features may influence eventual Z-machine rebuild A new Sandia National Laboratories accelerator called Thor is expected to…
A small, modular, efficient fusion plant

August 10, 2015

It’s an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants…
UW researchers scaling up fusion hopes with DOE grant

June 3, 2015

Producing reliable fusion energy — the same process that powers the sun — has long been a holy…
UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

October 9, 2014

Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste,…
Fusion energy facility promises clean energy

July 11, 2014

Senator Zed Seselja takes a close look at the MagPIE materials testing experiment. Photo: D. Paterson, ANU The…
Preparations are underway to put the world’s largest stellarator into operation

May 20, 2014

After years of crunching numbers, designing plans, manufacturing components and assembling modules, the fusion device is due to…
Fusion energy: NIF experiments show initial gain in fusion fuel

February 13, 2014

Ignition — the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used…
ITER blanket technology approved

April 26, 2013

The design of the ITER blanket system, a crucial technology on the way to fusion power, has been…
Simulations uncover obstacle to harnessing laser-driven fusion

March 27, 2013

A once-promising approach for using next-generation, ultra-intense lasers to help deliver commercially viable fusion energy has been brought…
Record simulations conducted on Lawrence Livermore supercomputer

March 22, 2013

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have performed record simulations using all 1,572,864 cores of…
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