Fresh analysis of NIF from Stephen Bodner and the press release from the Dept. of Energy are both linked to on www.trivalleycares.org Posted on the Tri-Valley CAREs' blog on Tuesday:
DOE Declares NIF Laser "Complete"; Leading Researcher Discloses Design Deficiencies
The National Ignition Facility (NIF), a mega-laser at Livermore Lab that is intended to train the next generation of nuclear bomb designers is back in the news. Not because of its bloated $5 billion price tag, or because of the government's decision to use plutonium as well as fusion targets in NIF.
Nope, NIF is in the news because its construction has been declared complete. It will be used by bomb designers.
But will NIF meet its more challenging scientific goal of ignition?
It will not, according to the March 28 analysis of Stephen Bodner, former head of laser fusion at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Read: "NIF Laser Fails to Meet the Minimum Specifications Required for their Ignition Target Designs." Link
Then, read the government's press release of March 31, "Department of Energy Announces Completion of World's Largest Laser." Link
In the classic struggle between science and public relations, I believe the point goes to Bodner. Bodner bio: Bodner
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