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Laser-Fusion Hot Spot to Migrate East

Science  21 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5342, pp. 1394
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5342.1394

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LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA-- Nova, long the world's largest and most powerful laser, will be dismantled by the fall of 1999 to make way for a vastly more powerful machine--the $1.2 billion National Ignition Facility, or NIF--which is already being built here. Its first module is not expected to see "first light" until 2001, but in the meantime, the bulk of the nation's laser-related fusion and nuclear weapons research will migrate for the first time from closely guarded weapons labs to an open university campus--the University of Rochester in New York.