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Bay Area Scientists Make Breakthrough on Nuclear Fusion


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A metallic case called a hohlraum holds the fuel capsule for NIF experiments.
Eduard Dewald/LLNL
A metallic case called a hohlraum holds the fuel capsule for NIF experiments.

By using a giant laser, scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say they've made a major breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion. The multi-billion-dollar taxpayer-funded laser was built with the goal of creating nuclear ignition, a potential source of clean energy in the future. We discuss the breakthrough with the lab's scientists.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Amy Standen, reporter for KQED Science
  • Denise Hinkel, physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-author of the recent fusion results
  • Paul Springer, physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-author of the recent fusion results

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