Nuclear fusion could solve the world's energy problems, but its potential remains untapped. Can a new way to ignite a tiny ball of high-density fuel make the dream come true?
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Key, M. Fast track to fusion energy. Nature 412, 775–776 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1038/35090666
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