Fusion Videos

Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner. Read More »

How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? – podcast

the Guardian Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking? Download the podcast At Iter in the south of France, seven international partners have pooled their financial and scientific resources to build the biggest fusion reactor in history. Their aim is to resolve critical scientific and technical issues, and take fusion ... Read More »

Fusion energy explained with Hydrogen atom example | Physics animation video

Nuclear Fusion | Fusion energy explained with Hydrogen atom example | Physics animation video In this video we will understand how to or more nucleons merge or fuse together to create something more powerful and meaningful. Click here to open the video Let us first understand the meaning of the word NUCLEAR FUSION, Nuclear meaning the process which involves Nucleus ... Read More »

The Lockheed-Martin Idea

From Lockheed Martin In October, 2014, Lockheed Martin skunkworks announced that it had made a breakthrough in compact fusion energy. At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, we’re making advancements in the development of fusion energy, the ultimate form of renewable power. Our scientists and engineers are looking at the biggest natural fusion reactor for inspiration – the sun. By containing the ... Read More »

Steven Cowley believes fusion is the future of energy

Physicist Steven Cowley is certain that nuclear fusion is the only truly sustainable solution to the fuel crisis. He explains why fusion will work — and details the projects that he and many others have devoted their lives to, working against the clock to create a new source of energy. Read More »

Lawrence Livermore National Labs NIF by CBS Sunday Morning

This is an excellent piece describing inertial laser fusion and NIF. However, NIF is under scrutiny in the scientific community in terms of its ability to achieve ignition timely given its sparse budget for civilian power development. NIF is primarily a NNSA project meant for weapons stock pile stewardship experimentation. More public visibility needs to be directed on fusion and ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion breakthrough sparks energy optimism

Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine editor-at-large, joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss an astonishing breakthrough in nuclear fusion at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and why some might call it energy’s holy grail. A good interview about the breakthrough, the progress with fusion power, and the funding issues. Read More »

Fusion & ITER by CBS News

“Nuclear fusion is the energy that powers the sun and stars,” Mike Mauel, professor of applied physics at Columbia University, told CBSNews.com. “It takes hydrogen gas, heating up to millions of degrees, and brings the atoms together to release energy and make helium.” Instead of splitting an atom’s nucleus, like in fission, nuclear fusion is the process of bringing together ... Read More »

How will a fusion power plant work?

A school class in 2100: The futuristic lesson is backed up with documentary photos and animations and gives the viewer an entertaining survey of the principles, development and status of fusion research. Like the sun, a fusion power plant is to derive energy from fusion of atomic nuclei. To ignite the fusion fire one has to succeed in confining the ... Read More »

How NIF Works

The National Ignition Facility, located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is the world’s largest laser system… 192 huge laser beams in a massive building, all focused down at the last moment at a 2 millimeter ball containing frozen hydrogen gas. The goal is to achieve fusion… getting more energy out than was used to create it. It’s never been done ... Read More »

Fusion Energy Production by Deuterium Particle Injection

This visualization was created using simulations run on the supercomputers at the National Center of Computational Sciences and shows the expected operation of the ITER fusion reactor. This reactor is currently being built by a global coalition in Cadarache, France and is expected to begin the first experiments in 2020. To produce fusion reactions, the fuel must be heated to ... Read More »

PJMIF as a Primary Propulsion Driver for Project Icarus

This is the video of a talk given by Dr. Sava Patilala at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011. He discusses project Icarus, which is to get a vehicle to the sun from the earth. The project proposes to use PJMIF to power the engines. download the video Read More »