Fusion energy breakthrough enabled by laser glass and optical glass from SCHOTT
Tuesday, 13 December 2022, Duryea, PA, USA
- National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California reached new milestone in laser fusion research, achieving a net energy gain in a fusion reaction for the first time
- SCHOTT supplies the world’s biggest laser at NIF with laser glass and other critical optical glass components for its research
- SCHOTT glass products supplied to NIF are manufactured and processed in Duryea, PA, and in Europe
Powered by high-end components – Made in the United States & in Europe“Our optics teams are very excited about this achievement. We’ve been working toward this for decades, solving problems that seemed unsolvable. We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver perfect optical glass solutions as part of our commitment to developing clean power solutions,” says Bill James, Head of Research and Development for SCHOTT North America, Inc. SCHOTT supplies laser glass and optical glass for all relevant parts of NIFs high energy laser used for its groundbreaking research. Besides advanced laser glass, this includes fused silica, BOROFLOAT® debris shields, N-BK7 polarizers and turning mirror substrates, blast shields between flashlamps and the laser slabs, and specialty filters.
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