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From Lasers, Tabletop Nuclear Bursts

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Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 35
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.35a

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ATLANTA-- At the American Physical Society meeting, held here from 20 to 26 March, physicists described a tabletop experiment that used laser light concentrated into unimaginably brilliant pulses to spark nuclear fusion in a chilled gas containing clusters of heavy hydrogen atoms. The new work could lead to compact sources of neutrons for testing materials that might be used in real fusion reactors.