Laser lab shifts focus to warheads
Posted: 08 November 2012 05:32 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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No one should be surprised at this.

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Posted: 09 November 2012 01:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 09 November 2012 04:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I think it’s more that it’s just not working out that well.

Something else that could be a good reason, though I haven’t seen anyone mention it, is that fast laser ignition is looking a lot more promising: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertial_confinement_fusion#Fast_ignition

Some recent papers even claim that it makes boron fusion feasible, once the lasers get a bit bigger.

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Posted: 09 November 2012 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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tcg - 08 November 2012 04:58 PM

No one should be surprised at this.

Not surprised in the least.  All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

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Posted: 12 November 2012 11:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Its not surprising since this is what the thing was built for in the first place.

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Posted: 13 November 2012 04:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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delt0r - 12 November 2012 11:08 AM

Its not surprising since this is what the thing was built for in the first place.

Right. That energy-sidetrack was just to get funded additionally.

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Posted: 13 November 2012 09:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Henning - 13 November 2012 04:37 AM
delt0r - 12 November 2012 11:08 AM

Its not surprising since this is what the thing was built for in the first place.

Right. That energy-sidetrack was just to get funded additionally.

Probably more of a political stunt to keep the nuclear weapons protesters away.

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Posted: 13 November 2012 10:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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mchargue - 09 November 2012 04:31 PM

All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

Build a bigger shark wink

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Posted: 14 November 2012 01:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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mchargue - 09 November 2012 04:31 PM

All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

Build a bigger shark wink

Megladon?

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Posted: 15 November 2012 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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mchargue - 09 November 2012 04:31 PM

All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

Build a bigger shark wink

Megladon?

Coming to the SyFy channel soon…

 

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Posted: 12 December 2012 12:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Posted: 12 December 2012 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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One hopes that the thrust of broadening the sphere of research options would also transfer over to fusion energy research for peaceful purposes…

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