Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Giant Laser

Yup, don't mess with California, we've got a freakin' giant laser here people.  The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will focus 192 laser beams on a hydrogen pellet the size of a bead, heating it to incredible temperatures in an attempt to recreate the power of the sun.  The lab is seen as an important step on the way to developing cold fusion.  And this thing is HUGE.  The core is housed in a laboratory that covers the area of 10 football fields and is 10 stories high.  The targeting chamber alone measures over 10 meters in diameter and is pictured above being lowered into place by one of the largest cranes in the world.

Targeting Chamber Stats
Diameter: 10 Meters
Weight: 264,000 lbs.

Conclusion, a Giant Laser Weighs more than Me!

1 comment:

  1. Correction: this is not cold fusion. Indeed, this is quite hot fusion.