Chasing Fusion

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

Photograph by Jake Stangel/Bloomberg Markets

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10. Target Inspection

A Livermore technician uses a microscope to inspect a target assembly as it's being built. Assembling the target precisely to specifications is critical because NIF scientists are trying to eliminate variables that have caused their experiments to generate less power than they say is necessary to achieve ignition.