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Postby Lashmar » Fri May 22, 2009 9:15 am

When the world's most powerful laser facility flicks the switch on its first full-scale experiments later this month, a tiny star will be born on Earth.



how they do it:

A pea-sized spherical capsule is filled with fusion fuel

This comprises a 150-microgram mix of deuterium and tritium

The NIF laser set-up pulses for 20 billionths of a second

For that time, it generates about 500 trillion watts

That's equivalent to five million million 100-watt light bulbs

All the laser power is focused on to the capsule's surface

The fuel is compressed to a density 100 times that of lead

It is heated to more than 100 million degrees Celsius

Under these extreme conditions, fusion is initiated


I think I'll give that a go in my shed. 8-)

:lol:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8044620.stm
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Postby Tairaa » Sat May 23, 2009 4:26 pm

Lol. Give it a go in your shed. :lol:

100 million degrees celsius... That's pretty damn hot.
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Postby Lashmar » Sun May 24, 2009 1:41 am

Maybe I was a little hopeful. I’ll need to prepare. ;) :lol:

Get the watering hose out incase of an accident. (Health and Safety is very important when it comes to dealing with cosmic thingies ;) )

A few sheets of corrugated iron in case anything splashes back at me.

Other than that I think I’m good to go. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Dark-Samus » Sun May 24, 2009 3:10 am

"The power of the sun, in the palms of my hands..."

Dr.Octopus - Spiderman 2

Sorry Octy, the sun is mine to steal and turn it into a -100.000.000 degrees celcius sphere instead :twisted:
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Postby Percival » Sun May 24, 2009 8:30 am

I wonder if this fusion produces more energy than it takes to set it off. Either way, that's one power-hungry experiment :o
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Postby Lashmar » Mon May 25, 2009 1:55 am

It is indeed. :(
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