Fusion experiment yields new record energy

A new milestone in nuclear fusion research was achieved at the largest laser facility in the world.
17 November 2021
Presented by Iacopo Russo
Production by Iacopo Russo.


When two atoms join together, the laws of physics tell us that a large amount of energy will be released, but the experiments performed so far by scientists to achieve nuclear fusion have always yielded a lot less energy than the inputs. This week, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which uses an approach called ‘inertial confinement fusion’, announced that they achieved a huge improvement in the record energy yield from a fusion experiment. Iacopo Russo heard from Debbie Callahan, a lead researcher on the project.


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