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Ben Morris Enterprise Technology Writer


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Plasma, or ionized gas, is of great importance in nuclear fusion reactions

At 1:30 am on Monday, December 5, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, USA, ignited the most powerful laser beam on Earth, in an experiment that caused great excitement throughout the world of physics and other fields.

The laser beam targeted an energy capsule the size of a black peppercorn, and the resulting temperature and pressure triggered nuclear fusion – the same type of reaction that occurs inside the Sun.

The National Ignition Facility, which specializes in laser research, has conducted similar experiments before, but this time the energy generated by the reaction was greater than the laser power used to produce it.

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