Star Power: Blazing the Path to Fusion Ignition

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 Credit: Jason Laurea
Credit: Jason Laurea

February 28, 2023 | Originally published by LLNL on February 23, 2023

It was the middle of the night on December 5, 2022, and anticipation was building among the handful of researchers and technicians in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) control room. A set of pre-shot simulations had predicted a slightly better than 50-50 chance that the impending nuclear fusion experiment would reach or exceed “break-even” — producing as much or more energy than it used to drive the fusion reaction.

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