Laser fusion test results raise energy hopes

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Laser fusion test results raise energy hopes

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Postby MSimon » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:43 pm

Now compare that with a fusor which produces fusion on a table top for a cost of a few thousand bucks.

And have you seen the size of the lasers?

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https://lasers.llnl.gov/about/nif/about.php

Fusion is just the cover story:

http://www.trivalleycares.org/nixnif.htm

BTW I favor weapons research. It should not be sold as some kind of fusion energy project.

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Postby Dewald » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:45 pm

Yep, looks to have the same motivation as the ITER project, waste a lot of money and keep people occupied and busy instead of doing more useful stuff.

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Postby chrismb » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:15 am

I am also scathing of NIF - how long will those optics last? how do you feed in the capsules? how do you extract energy? &c., &c.

If they really have found that the compression regime is favourable and are less troubled by Rayleigh instabilities than predicted, then maybe they're on to somthing.

However, one thing to say here; I have found only one prediction of the future to hold generally true - of all the possible outcomes for the future that you imagine, more often than not it is something different to all of them!

I am just thinking that you, I, and all the NIF team know damned well that this is a substitute nuclear weapons analysis site and selling it as a fusion energy bondoogle is just a front. And that you, I, and the NIF team aren't expecting fusion energy.

How amusing it would be, then, if they actually DID end up with a viable net fusion reactor on their hands!! Can you imagine it; "urrgg.. what do we tell the press".."better tell 'em it doesn't work or summut...".."go throw your french bread into the laser tubes.. it worked when they found evidence that the Higgs boson didn't exist and needed to shut the machine down keep the funding coming in"...


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