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US nuclear-fusion lab enters new era: achieving ‘ignition’ over and over

NIF beamlines entering the lower hemisphere of the NIF Target Chamber, as seen from the ground floor of the Target Bay.

At the US National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, 192 lasers (beamlines shown here) run into a target chamber (highlighted in blue) and focus on a capsule containing hydrogen isotopes. Credit: Damien Jemison/NIF/LLNL

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Nature 625, 11-12 (2024)


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