Mar 17, 2018

Scientists zap tiny wires with lasers to create mini-nuclear fusion

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A step towards limitless energy? reactions at record efficiency…

Researchers from Colorado State University’s (CSU) Advanced Beam Laboratory used a compact but powerful laser they built from scratch to heat tiny, invisible wires, known as nanowires.

These contained a source of deuterium, one of two stable isotopes of hydrogen and a common source of fuel for nuclear fusion reactions.

The experiment resulted in a chain reaction of fusion events, which created a hot and dense plasma containing helium and highly energetic neutrons.

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