21st Century Ultimate Guide to NIF – National Ignition Facility – Laser Inertial Confinement Nuclear Fusion for Energy Research and National Security, LIFE Power Concept (Ringbound and DVD-ROM Set)

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This ringbound book and DVD-ROM disc set provides a comprehensive guide to the National Ignition Facility, the world s largest laser system, housed in a ten-story building at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. NIF s 192 laser beams are capable of delivering at least 60 times more energy than any previous laser system. NIF will focus up to 1.8 million joules of ultraviolet laser energy on a tiny target in the center of its ten-meter-diameter target chamber creating conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and hydrogen bombs. The resulting fusion reaction will release many times more energy than the laser energy required to initiate the reaction. Experiments conducted on NIF will make significant contributions to national and global security, could lead to practical fusion energy, and will help the nation maintain its leadership in basic science and technology. Contents of the ringbound book include the National Ignition Campaign Execution Plan and descriptive documents about the NIF complex, timeline, by the numbers, how NIF works, the seven wonders of NIF, maintaining the nuclear weapons stockpile, the promise of limitless energy, LIFE and the concept of clean energy from nuclear waste, photo science and applications, and more. DVD-ROM: The electronic book on DVD-ROM provides an unprecedented encyclopedic collection of documents, official reference books and guides, images, and videos about every conceivable aspect of nuclear fusion technology and research. We believe that this exceptional collection provides the most comprehensive set of government fusion documents ever offered. Programs and topics covered include ITER (formerly known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) currently under construction in France designed to achieve burning plasmas; NIF – the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science project at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California; the Laser Inertial Fusion Engine (LIFE) concept; research into magnetic fusion energy (MFE) and tokamaks; inertial fusion energy; plasma science; simulation; physics; high energy density physics, FESAC reports; nuclear core design; tritium; remote handling technology; creating predictable high-performance steady-state plasmas; fusion-fission hybrid systems; the history of fusion technology; earlier projects such as AIRES, FIRE, NSTX, NSCX, JET, Z-pinch, TFTR, and many others; plus legacy material from 2002 and earlier. The collection includes nearly 400 PDF files and 14 video files. Nuclear fusion – the process that powers the sun – offers an environmentally benign, intrinsically safe energy source with an abundant supply of low-cost fuel. it is the focus of an international research program, including the ITER fusion collaboration, which involves seven parties representing half the world’s population. The realization of fusion power would change the economics and ecology of energy production as profoundly as petroleum exploitation did two centuries ago. The 21st century finds fusion research in a transformed landscape. The worldwide fusion community broadly agrees that the science has advanced to the point where an aggressive action plan, aimed at the remaining barriers to practical fusion energy, is warranted. At the same time, and largely because of its scientific advance, the program faces new challenges; above all it is challenged to demonstrate the timeliness of its promised benefits. The main advantages of producing power from fusion reactions are well known: essentially inexhaustible, low-cost fuel, available worldwide; high energy-density of fuel, allowing straightforward base-load power production without major transportation costs; no production of greenhouse gas, soot or acid rain; no possibility of runaway reaction or meltdown that could pose a risk to public safety.

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