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Submission + - National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: As it approaches its fifth birthday, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a troubled laser fusion facility in California, has finally produced some results that fusion scientists can get enthusiastic about. In a series of experiments late last year, NIF researchers managed to produce energy yields 10 times greater than produced before and to demonstrate the phenomenon of self-heating that will be crucial if fusion is to reach its ultimate goal of “ignition”—a self-sustaining burning reaction that produces more energy than it consumes.
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

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