A nuclear-fusion fuel target emitted more power than it received from a massive laser array during a recent experiment in California, bringing the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory close to its goal of obtaining more energy from a reaction than its giant lasers produce, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
The laboratory's multibillion-dollar National Ignition Facility previously faced significant scrutiny from congressional appropriators after it failed to meet a fiscal 2012 deadline for achieving fusion "ignition."
Unanticipated technical hindrances in the energy effort prompted NIF operators to increasingly shift the site's attention toward nuclear-arms science. However, last month's scientific achievement could boost the ignition goal as priority for the site, according to the BBC.
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