Lasers and Nuclear Fusion

We love discussing the ever-increasing applications for lasers here on the Seiffert Industrial blog. Our laser-guided precision and alignment systems have plenty of exciting applications for industrial manufacturing projects, but we’re always interested to find out about new and practical uses for lasers in our modern world.

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Now, it seems that laser technology may provide the answer to one of the most difficult conundrums preventing the increased scale of nuclear power across the world. According to this article published by The Independent, California scientists recently announced that a nuclear fusion experiment finally created a fusion reaction that created more energy than it took to start, something scientists haven’t been able to accomplish in 60 years of research.

Nuclear fusion is much preferable to the more common types of fission reactions in use at every nuclear power facility worldwide. Fusion reactions create more dangerous long-lasting chemical isotopes, including enriched uranium and plutonium. Fusion, which brings atoms together instead of splitting them through fission, doesn’t create this dangerous byproduct.

The Nuclear Ignition Facility, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory situated in Livermore, CA, was able to create the fusion reaction by focusing 192 laser beams on a fuel pellet that measures less than half the diameter of a normal human hair. Even with an experiment that lasted for less than one-billionth of a second, this laser technology showed the capacity to produce more energy than it takes to start, a tremendous move ahead for nuclear fusion.

You’ll be amazed at the many ways lasers can improve your industrial projects. Here at Seiffert Industrial, we carry a long line of laser alignment technologies for pulley alignment, geometric alignment, belt tensioning systems and more. If your company is involved in the oil & gas, marine or power generation industries, check with us to see how we can quickly improve your operations.