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Monday, 10 August 2009

You have been warned

The United States has finished constructing a huge physics experiment aimed at recreating conditions at the heart of the Sun.

The US National Ignition Facility is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of nuclear fusion, a process that could offer abundant clean energy.

The lab will kick-start the reaction by focusing 192 giant laser beams on a tiny pellet of hydrogen fuel. To work, it must show that more energy can be extracted from the process than is required to initiate it.

So like a hydrogen bomb. Isn't that dangerous? Professor Mike Dunne, who leads a European venture that is also pursuing nuclear fusion with lasers, says that if NIF was successful, it would be a "seismic event".

I hope that was just an unfortunate turn of phrase.


Demetrius said...

You never know, they may just recreate the conditions for another "Big Bang. See you in the next universe.

Steven_L said...

Or make a black hole, maybe it'll swallow up all the bad debts?