Boost for laser-based Inertial Fusion as energy source of the future

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In a historic breakthrough in December 2022, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), California, USA, successfully achieved a self-sustaining burning plasma, providing compelling evidence for the viability of Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) as a crucial addition to carbon-free, safe, and clean energy sources. This remarkable accomplishment has led to the allocation of $16 million in funding by the US Department of Energy to establish the IFE Science & Technology Accelerated Research for Fusion Innovation & Reactor Engineering (STARFIRE) Hub. Fraunhofer ILT proudly contributes as part of the multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.