With a height of nearly 100 feet and a size of three football fields, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is unquestionably a remarkable building. What exactly does it hold? a laser based inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research device.
The NIF’s goal is to accomplish fusion ignition with substantial energy gain, and it is situated at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. It also tries to investigate how matter behaves under the conditions found in nuclear explosions.
What makes it unique is that it is the largest and most powerful ICF device ever built, as well as the host of the world’s most energetic laser. It was such a ambitious project that construction began in 1997 and was finally finished in 2009.
Additionally, it ended up costing roughly four times what was anticipated. But in November 2020, after decades of experimentation and difficulties, NIF researchers claimed they were close to achieving productive nuclear fusion.
What happened as a result of this experiment? How does this laser simulate the core of a planet? What advances have resulted from its use? What types of experiments are it most commonly used for? What improvements and developments have occurred in its operation since 2009? How does it stack up against other high-powered lasers?
This video provides answers to all of these questions and more.