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Researchers turn liquid metal into a plasma

Researchers turn liquid metal into a plasma

March 7, 2019

For the first time, researchers at Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) have found a way to turn a liquid metal into a plasma and to observe the temperature where a liquid under high-density conditions crosses over to a plasma state.

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With data science, Rochester’s laser lab moves closer to controlled nuclear fusion

With data science, Rochester’s laser lab moves closer to controlled nuclear fusion

January 31, 2019

One of the biggest challenges to controlled nuclear fusion has been the lack of accurate models to predict increased fusion energy yields. Now a Rochester team of more than 50 scientists has used “big data” to triple fusion yields.

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What is fusion, and why is it so difficult to create?

What is fusion, and why is it so difficult to create?

October 9, 2018

“All the stars, including the sun, are powered by fusion. We are here because of fusion. But fusion is really hard to create,” says E. Michael Campbell, director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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Supercomputer aids Rochester’s quest for inertial confinement fusion

Supercomputer aids Rochester’s quest for inertial confinement fusion

December 28, 2017

Hussein Aluie, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded an additional 90 million hours of computer time in 2018 by the US Department of Energy to produce detailed simulations of fluid instabilities that hinder fusion “ignition.”

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A first for direct-drive fusion

A first for direct-drive fusion

September 6, 2016

Experiments have created the conditions capable of producing a fusion yield that’s five times higher than the current record laser-fusion energy yield. The new work represents an important advance in a long-standing national research initiative to develop fusion as an energy source.

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Funding aimed at fusion energy awarded to Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Sandia National Laboratories collaboration

Funding aimed at fusion energy awarded to Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Sandia National Laboratories collaboration

June 30, 2015

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.

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Riccardo Betti named inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor

Riccardo Betti named inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor

April 3, 2014

Riccardo Betti, professor of mechanical engineering and of physics and astronomy and assistant director for academic affairs at the Laborator for Laser Energetics, was named the inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor.

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Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

February 13, 2014

Scientists say they’ve taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power. The sign of bootstrapping is “really a wonderful result,” said fusion expert Robert McCrory of the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the research.

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John R. Huizenga, pioneer in nuclear science, dies at 92

John R. Huizenga, pioneer in nuclear science, dies at 92

January 30, 2014

Huizenga was a key figure in the 1989 national review of cold fusion claims, and part of team whose work led to two additions to the periodic table.

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