Skip to comments.In breakthrough, lasers re-create conditions in planets' cores
Posted on 07/19/2014 8:56:13 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
In effect, that long-sought goal would reproduce the chemical reactions inside exploding nuclear bombs to create controlled and self-sustaining thermonuclear fusion.
The NIF laser - the largest on Earth - is actually an array of 192 individual high-energy lasers that can be fired simultaneously and aimed with unparalleled precision to become a single laser hitting the central target.
In the diamond experiments -an effort unrelated to nuclear weapons research - the scientists focused 176 of the laser beams simultaneously at a diamond contained inside a tiny gold cylinder called a hohlraum. In the hohlraum, the immensely bright laser light was turned into X-rays in successive pulses of 20 millionths of a second.
The report on the experiment's success was published Thursday in the journal Nature by a team of 12 Livermore scientists headed by physicists Raymond F. Smith and Gilbert Collins. The team also included Raymond Jeanloz of UC Berkeley and Thomas S. Duffy of Princeton.
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Awesome, they now can produce x-rays. No telling what they can do with this. They could probably even look fractured bones inside the body.
Planet’s cores? Try star’s cores.
I was just thinking - a triumph of modern urinalism - they can’t distinguish between planets and stars.
I’m not getting the point of this story.
If you’re going to get fusion to produce energy — you have to imitate the conditions inside of stars — not planets.