Three days after the birth of the laser in 1960, scientists predicted that it could be used to initiate fusion power production - the combination of hydrogen atoms into helium to release energy.
50 years later, the $4 billion National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the USA is due to demonstrate net energy production by laser fusion --- a truly momentous achievement. Fusion offers abundant, safe, secure, carbon-free energy at a level that can meet the demands of our civilisation for the truly long term. Within Europe, scientists from 26 institutions across 10 nations are working together on the HiPER project - to build from the scientific proof-of-principle provided by NIF to demonstrate the path to bulk energy production, and open out a wealth of new scientific discovery. This journey is being led by the UK - by scientists from the Central Laser Facility, home to some of the world's most powerful, most intense lasers. The talk will describe these lasers and how they can be used to generate fusion energy.
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