X-ray breakthrough 'opens door' to controlled nuclear fusion

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    A new technique to monitor a process called 'fast ignition' has been developed, in what could be a critical step towards a viable method of creating controlled nuclear fusion.
    The new monitoring technique finally provides a way of identifying exactly where energy from the laser travels when it hits the fuel.
    To do this, copper tracers are added to the fuel capsule. When the high-intensity laser is directed at the target, it generates high-energy electrons that hit the tracers and in turn cause them to emit X-rays. These can be imaged to show where the energy from the laser is going once it's hit the target fuel cell.
    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-01/18/nuclear-fusion-energy-monitoring
     
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  3. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    That is great progress, and I hope they hurry up, lol. We need to fast-track the nuclear fusion efforts.
     
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