TEL AVIV (Aug. 21)
Israel and Israeli scientists hold a central position among their world-wide colleagues in the field of laser rays research and application, according to Prof. Joseph Singer, a member of the Israeli Aircraft Industry Directorate and chairman of the Ninth International Council for Aviation Studies. The application of laser rays for aviation and other uses is in an advanced stage in Israel, and the progress made in this field will be discussed, among other topics, when the Ninth International Council for Aviation Studies meeting opens in Haifa Aug. 26.
Laser rays can also be applied to the compression of fuel in a new method discovered by Israeli scientists which would release energy through controlled nuclear fusion. Should this process be developed for electrical power plants Israeli scientists say, it would free the world from dependence on oil or uranium for energy production.
This method requires the use of deuterium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen, which is easily obtained from water at negligible costs. The scientists working on this project, centered at the Technion, are now seeking funds for further research. They also hope to establish an institute for research into controlled thermo nuclear energy at the Technion.