National Ignition Facility gets the green light

In search of a way to make sure that nuclear weapons will continue to work properly decades from now, the US Department of Energy (DoE) has decided to build a $900 million laser facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA). When completed, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) will train 192 near-ultraviolet beams on a capsule filled with deuterium and tritium about the size of a ball bearing. Altogether, the beams will deliver 500 trillion watts of energy on the target for

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