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2Physics Quote:
"Today’s most precise time measurements are performed with optical atomic clocks, which achieve a precision of about 10-18, corresponding to 1 second uncertainty in more than 15 billion years, a time span which is longer than the age of the universe... Despite such stunning precision, these clocks could be outperformed by a different type of clock, the so called “nuclear clock”... The expected factor of improvement in precision of such a new type of clock has been estimated to be up to 100, in this way pushing the ability of time measurement to the next level."
-- Lars von der Wense, Benedict Seiferle, Mustapha Laatiaoui, Jürgen B. Neumayr, Hans-Jörg Maier, Hans-Friedrich Wirth, Christoph Mokry, Jörg Runke, Klaus Eberhardt, Christoph E. Düllmann, Norbert G. Trautmann, Peter G. Thirolf
(Read Full Article: "Direct Detection of the 229Th Nuclear Clock Transition"

Saturday, September 03, 2005

'Inertial Confinement'

The "inertial confinement" technique uses lasers or ion beams rather than
magnets to confine the plasma. This will be investigated by the National
Ignition Facility (NIF) in the US and the Laser Mégajoule (LMJ) in France.
However, both these billion-dollar lasers will primarily be used for nuclear
-weapons research, with only 15% of their time being available for other
areas of physics. In this conventional approach to inertial confinement, the
lasers that compress the fuel capsule also heat it.

Some useful links on this topic:


At 11:19 PM, Blogger Vijay said...


Can you post some links and details about such topics.

IMO, it really doesn't serve the purpose when your posts are this short. Just my 2 cents.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Vijay said...

Thanks for the links. The link to ucb IFE details the whole concept and the programme with the limitations behind it.

I really appreciate your effort !


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