New Scientist - 2010 Apr 12
A Stellar PerformanceThe world's largest laser is meant to spark off a fusion reaction this year – but don't bank on it. So says the US government's watchdog in a highly critical report about the huge laser array at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).
Despite crucial success in evenly compressing fusion fuel pellets earlier this year, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's $3.5 billion array faces problems in repeating that success at higher power, says a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
Science and Technology Review, April/May 2010
By combining computational models with test shot data, scientists at the National Ignition Facility have demonstrated that the laser is spot-on for ignition.