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A Long, Winding Road to Ignition

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Science  17 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5925, pp. 327
DOI: 10.1126/science.324.5925.327

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The laser system of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) pushes the boundaries of technology. If all goes according to plan, the complex series of reactions will ultimately generate more energy than the laser pumped in.