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Solar furnace rises from the Soviet ashes in Central Asia

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Science  06 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6188, pp. 1075
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6188.1075

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Only two solar furnaces capable of focusing a full megawatt of irradiance on a square-meter target exist in the world. One in Uzbekistan, built as a Soviet testbed for a furnace that would smelt metals on the moon, is undergoing a scientific revival. Uzbek researchers are using its intense heat to temper high-tech materials and forge new compounds, and an international team has made a spectacular claim for a new record in high-temperature superconductivity. It may even pull double duty as a gamma ray observatory at night.

  • * Parkent, Uzbekistan