National Ignition Facility
Creating a miniature star on Earth: that's the goal of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest laser. Since becoming operational in May 2009, NIF has been conducting experiments to focus the intense energy of 192 giant laser beams on a BB-sized target filled with hydrogen fuel – fusing, or igniting, the hydrogen atoms' nuclei. This is the same fusion energy process that makes the stars shine and provides the life-giving energy of the sun. NIF -- located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
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