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Chasing Fusion

By John Lippert - 2013-05-03T11:09:30Z

Photograph by Jake Stangel/Bloomberg Markets

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1. Searching for Ignition

Edward Moses stands in front of the target chamber at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California. In this corner of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Moses aims to use the world's biggest laser and most powerful supercomputer to fuse hydrogen nuclei -- and wind up with more energy than when he started. Moses runs the NIF and Photon Science Directorate at the Livermore lab. He says that if the facility can spark a self-sustaining fusion reaction called ignition, developers can build a commercial power plant in about a decade. Moses had hoped to achieve ignition in 2010 and still hasn't.

For the full story, from the June 2013 issue of Bloomberg Markets, click here.