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Recent Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Supported by AFT Arrow

It is always interesting to see items in the news where our software has played a role. Last week a breakthrough in nuclear research was achieved at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF).

According to science journal Nature, "Using the world's most powerful assembly of lasers, a team of researchers say they have, for the first time, extracted more energy from controlled nuclear fusion than was absorbed by the fuel to trigger it — crossing an important symbolic threshold on the long path toward exploiting this virtually boundless source of energy."

AFT Arrow was used over a decade ago by LLNL engineers to help design the synthetic air cooling system for the NIF. 

Cool stuff! No pun intended!

Also of recent interest is that AFT Arrow now has a Nuclear Verification and Validation package available. Read more about that here.

Artist's rendering shows a NIF target pellet inside a hohlraum capsule with laser beams entering through openings on either end

Rendering of NIF Pellet


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