Fusion: No quick solution to the climate crisis

Scientists from the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced that they have succeeded for the first time in igniting a “solar fire in the lab", i.e. a fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium, releasing more energy than was put into the reaction. This is seen as an important milestone on the way to a “clean", CO2-free fusion power plant.

Two years ago, physicist Prof. Holger Podlech explained how long the road to such a fusion power plant is, using the example of the ITER research reactor.


Aktuelles aus der Goethe-Universität 16.12.2022

Big Bang research: ALICE experiment at CERN starts test operation with lead ions 

The ALICE experiment at the CERN particle accelerator center in Geneva, Switzerland, investigates the state of matter shortly after the Big Bang, also known as the quark-gluon plasma. By causing lead ions to collide with each other, it is possible to create such a quark-gluon plasma for tiny fractions of a second. Now, for the first time, a test run at CERN for the ALICE experiment has generated collision energies of 5.36 teraelectronvolts per nucleon-nucleon collision – the highest collision energy ever achieved worldwide. Researchers led by Goethe University's Harald Appelshäuser prepared the central ALICE detector for these higher collision rates, which they hope will offer new insights into the origin of the universe.  

Aktuelles aus der Goethe-Universität 06.12.2022

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