Laser Light Blasts Peppercorn-Sized Fuel Pellet at the NIF

Laser Light Blasts Peppercorn-Sized Fuel Pellet at the NIF

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Scientists aim laser beams at fuel encased in a canister inside the NIF's target chamber. They are attempting to fuse hydrogen atoms to achieve a self-sustaining fusion reaction called ignition.