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Old 09-16-2008, 07:02 AM   #1
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Default **COPIED FROM JL FORUM as per Bill ** The Lasers of Shiva Nova

In a recent interview with Project Camelot Henry says this...

What can you say about the current state of physics in the military-industrial complex?

It’s dozens of years ahead of mainstream physics which is published in journals in the public domain. There are projects dealing with subjects beyond the belief or experience, beyond the imagination, of many public domain physicists.

Can you give us any examples?

[long pause]

There's a project called Shiva Nova at Livermore which uses arrays of giant lasers. These are huge lasers, huge capacitors, many terawatts of energy, in a building built on giant springs [extends his arms to show the size], all focused on a tiny tiny point. This creates a fusion reaction which replicates certain conditions for nuclear weapons testing. It’s like a nuke test in lab conditions, and there's very powerful data collection focused on that point where all the energy is focused.

The problem is that all extremely high-energy events like this create rips in the fabric of spacetime. This was observed back in the early Hiroshima and Nagasaki events, and you can even see it in the old movies. Look for what looks like an expanding energy sphere, and I can send you a link to show you. The problem with creating rips in spacetime, whether they're big or little, is that things get in that you don’t want to be there.

Well seems at least this one I can dig my teeth into, just like the "Looking Glass"

Its funny though... I was put on to this by another 'ex LLNL employee' that posted on 1Anunnaki group at Yahoo... we bantered around a bit and everyone else in the thread missed the significance...

You don't frequent that group, do you Henry?

Project Shiva Nova

Creating a Miniature Star on Earth

Creating a miniature star on Earth: that's the goal of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest laser. When completed in 2009, NIF will focus the intense energy of 192 giant laser beams on a BB-sized target filled with hydrogen fuel – fusing, or igniting, the hydrogen atoms' nuclei. This is the same fusion energy process that makes the stars shine and provides the life-giving energy of the sun. NIF is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

National Ignition Facility (NIF) - SECURE SITE
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory • 7000 East Avenue • Livermore, CA 94550, Operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration

The LASER Tubes...

Photo Credit: National Ignition Facility (NIF)
Laser Bay 2, one of NIF's two laser bays, was commissioned on July 31, 2007.

Inside the Target Chamber...

Photo Credit: National Ignition Facility (NIF)
The interior of the NIF target chamber. The louvered "first wall" protects the structure from possible flying debris during shots. The target positioner, which holds the target, is on the right.

Photo Credit: National Ignition Facility (NIF)
The fabrication of melted and rough-cut blanks of laser glass amplifier slabs needed for NIF construction (3,072 pieces) was completed in 2005. The amplifier slabs are neodymium-doped phosphate glass manufactured by Hoya Corporation USA and Schott Glass Technologies.

Now that is a lot of amplification!!! And we have heard of the special properties of neodymium before in the new super magnets

And Henry wasn't kidding about the size of this thing...

Photo Credit: National Ignition Facility (NIF)
The Laser and Target Area Building is the size of three football fields.

They are also growing some unique crystals. All you crystal lovers out there are gonna wish you could get your hands on one of THESE babies... I know it would 'compliment' my collection

Photo Credit: National Ignition Facility (NIF)
This potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystal, weighing almost 800 pounds, was produced through a newly developed rapid-growth process that takes only two months, as opposed to two years using conventional methods. Each crystal is sliced into 40-centimeter-square crystal plates. More than 600 of these plates are needed for NIF.

Okay this LASER is going to pack a wallop... talk about 'Crystal Energy'

You can visit LLNL's secure site if you can get access...

National Ignition Facility (NIF) - SECURE SITE

Inertial Confinement Fusion: How to Make a Star - SECURE SITE

Or you can see more pictures at my site

Project Shiva Nova


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Old 09-16-2008, 08:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: The Lasers of Shiva Nova

Empowering Light
Historic Accomplishments in Laser Research


In 1974, Livermore finished the one-beam, 10-joule Janus laser and used it to conduct the first fusion experiments at the Laboratory. It was used to demonstrate for the first time the thermonuclear reaction in laser-imploded deuterium–tritium fuel capsules. Starting in 1974, the two-beam Janus laser was used to gain a better understanding of laser–plasma physics and thermonuclear physics. It was also used to improve the LASNEX computer code, a hydrodynamics code developed in the 1970s for laser fusion predictions, which is still in use today.
The one-beam Cyclops was also completed in 1974. Its beamline was a prototype of the yet-to-be built Shiva laser.

CAPTION: From 1973 to 1977, the Laboratory built four laser systems: (a) the one-beam Cyclops; (b) the one- and two-beam Janus system, which is still in use; (c) the two-beam Argus; and (d) the 20-beam Shiva. Each new laser provided more power and better control over the target-irradiation conditions as well as produced higher temperatures and greater compression and density in the deuterium–tritium fuel than its predecessor.


The 20-beam Shiva became the world’s most powerful laser in 1977, delivering 10.2 kilojoules of energy in less than a billionth of a second in its first full-power firing. In June 1979, Shiva compressed fusion fuel to a density of 50 to 100 times greater than its liquid density. Even more important, according to John Holzrichter, who was responsible for the laser and ICF programs at the time, Shiva proved once and for all that infrared laser light was too long a wavelength to reach fusion energy gain. Says Holzrichter, “The laser beam generates a dense plasma where it impinges on the target material. The laser light gives up its energy to the electrons in the plasma, which absorb the light. The rate at which that happens depends on the wavelength and the intensity. On Shiva, we were heating up electrons to incredible energies, but the targets were not performing well. We tried a lot of stuff to coax the electrons to transfer more of their energy to the target, with no success.”

CAPTION: This miniature “star” was created in the Nova laser target chamber as 300 trillion watts of power hit a 0.5-millimeter-diameter target capsule containing deuterium–tritium fuel.


Ten times more powerful than Shiva, Nova became the world’s most powerful laser. In 1986, Nova produced the largest laser fusion yield to date—a record 11 trillion fusion neutrons. The following year, Nova compressed a fusion fuel target to about one-thirtieth of its original diameter, close to that needed for ignition and fusion gain. In 1996, one arm of Nova was reconfigured as a petawatt laser. (See S&TR, March 2000, The Amazing Power of the Pettawatt; December 1996, Crossing the Petawatt Threshold.) Record-setting laser shots produced pulses with more than 1.3 quadrillion watts, or 1.3 petawatts, of peak power. The laser pulse lasted less than 0.5 trillionth of a second—more than a thousand times shorter than shots typically produced by Nova’s 10 beams.

Now here is the kicker...


When the United States ceased nuclear testing, laser facilities became even more important for defense research, and the portion of Nova shots dedicated to the weapons program increased considerably. Researchers using Nova continued obtaining high-energy-density data necessary to validate the computer codes used to model nuclear weapons physics.

SOURCE: Science &Technology Review
September 2002 Empowering Light - Historic Accomplishments in Laser Research
Ten times more powerful than Shiva, Nova became the world’s most powerful laser. .....

Lots of PDF files Available in Public Domain

CERN is making Miniature Black Holes and LLNL is making Miniature Suns and beam Weapons...

Stay tuned for more...
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