Chasing Fusion

By John Lippert - 2013-05-03T11:09:30Z

Photograph by Jake Stangel/Bloomberg Markets

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7. Custom Experiments

Besides ignition and weapons experiments, the NIF can perform basic science experiments, like testing how such elements as iron behave under extreme pressure and temperature. Each target must be custom-designed and hand-built for the testing on that day. Here, silver paddles hold the holhraum in place as it's assembled.