Tag: Laboratory for Laser Energetics
In a review of the state of the research in this field, Rochester physicist Riccardo Betti concludes the goal of realizing abundant, clean energy from inertial confinement fusion remains elusive, despite recent significant progress.
Funding aimed at fusion energy awarded to Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Sandia National Laboratories collaboration
The award seeks to build upon recent successes of Sandia’s Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) concept. The concept uses a laser to heat fusion fuel contained in a small cylinder as it is compressed by the huge magnetic field of Sandia’s massive Z accelerator.
The FY 2016 House Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week includes $68 million for the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the same level as FY15, but $7.5 million above President Barack Obama’s request.
President Seligman issued a statement in response to the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill released by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Dec. 9. The House of Representatives is planning to vote as early as Thursday on the measure, which would then go to the Senate. Current government funding runs out on Dec. 11.
University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is working on it. Like the space race of the 1960s, nations are trying to solve the problem of generating energy without continuing to endanger the planet.
Funded mostly by the U.S. Department of Energy to the tune of $70 million a year, more than 300 scientists and engineers shoot the lab’s two giant lasers dozens of times each week in various experiments they design, or for researchers who travel from around the country and even other countries.
During their week at Photon Camp, 18 students from several local high schools and the Bergen Academy in New Jersey will attend lectures in the mornings, and get some hands on experience in the laboratory during the afternoons.