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NIF Notes_shells Spring-2015

NIF reports tests with capsule designs that illuminate the path toward great results During the early spring (2015), the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at LLNL released/published several modifications to the targets worth discussing. One is the realization that the gossamer … Continue reading

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KMS Fusion – an addendum

KMS Fusion, an early ICF group mostly remembered for its mashup of good science and bad politics. This is our historical addendum. An excellent article on the beginning of ICF (inertial confinement fusion) was posted on January 28th by ScienceLine’s … Continue reading

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NIF shifts toward success – 4

NIF addresses the universal RT instability all implosion fusion schemes must face, is there 7more that they can do? NIF people limited the impact of the RT instability in their most recent report.  But they have more to do and … Continue reading

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NIF shifts toward success – 3

NIF released positive data.  Is some unexpected effect is blocking full success? The staff of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore California released papers on very positive new results in their work toward inertial confinement fusion (ICF).  NIF is … Continue reading

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NIF shifts toward success – 2

NIF’s 2013 data showed fusion can be feasible but geometries need adjustment. We  continue our discussion by looking at target geometry.  Yes, NIF seems on a success path, but they do need to clean up various physical details. That would … Continue reading

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NIF shifts toward success – 1

Tweaks at NIF generate good results – to come: spectacular shots  NIF (National Ignition Facility) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California published results during the dark of winter that are exciting, show astounding differences from all their previous announcements.  … Continue reading

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Has NIF been retasked?

Have U.S. laser fusion goals been delayed by the atomic weapons establishment? In the news this week  NIF (National Ignition Facility) at  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has had its fusion energy test plans slowed an unknown number of months, … Continue reading

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