Chasing Fusion

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

Photograph by Jake Stangel/Bloomberg Markets

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9. Holding Fast

A NIF technician paints a layer of glue to hold a membrane that, in turn, keeps the fuel pellet in place inside the hohlraum. The glue can be no thicker than 75 microns, or three-quarters of the thickness of a human hair.