National Ignition Facility Houses the World’s Largest and Most Powerful Laser

aligning laser beams

A positioner centers the target inside the target chamber and serves as a reference to align the laser beams.

“Creating a miniature star on Earth” is the goal of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), home to the world’s largest and highest-energy laser in Livermore, California. On September 29th, 2010, the NIF completed its first integrated ignition experiment, where it focused its 192 lasers on a small cylinder housing a tiny frozen capsule containing hydrogen fuel, briefly bombarding it with 1 megajoule of laser energy. (Pics)

 

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