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Labs Take Aim at Rapid-Fire Lasers for Fusion Power

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Science  14 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5306, pp. 1569
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5306.1569

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LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA—Laser researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory here and at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., are setting out to challenge the view that lasers can't live up to the demands of an inertial-confinement fusion power plant. Such a plant would have to blast a pellet of fuel with powerful beams many times a second‐a pace thousands of times faster than existing lasers can manage. New laser technology, however, could change all that.