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A Less Powerful NIF Will Still Cost More

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Science  17 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5435, pp. 1831-1833
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5435.1831b

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The managers of a giant laser project have proposed drastically shrinking the National Ignition Facility to curb rising costs, a step that could reduce its chances of achieving an important scientific goal in fusion research. But the downsizing will not eliminate cost overruns at the facility, and scientists in laser fusion and other fields are also worried that the Department of Energy might tax their programs to complete the world's largest laser project.