Most powerful laser pulse in history is fired in US nuclear fusion plant, as scientists bid to harness power of the H-Bomb

The most energetic laser shot in mankind’s history was fired at the stadium-sized National Ignition Facility in California this month.

On March 15, an array of 192 lasers fired a shaped pulse of energy that generated 411 trillion watts of peak power – 1,000 times more than whole of the United States uses at any one moment.

The pulse is a historic moment for the ‘fusion’ facility, which aims to generate power using a nuclear fusion reaction – similar to what happens in hydrogen bombs.

An artist’s impression of a reaction using the 192-laser array at NIF. The pulse fired this month was not aimed at a target, but scientists will eventually aim the lasers at a 1mm pellet of hydrogen to ignite a fusion reaction

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