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Breakthrough in energy research – the sparking moment

ignition moment

Atomic nuclei are attracted to each other almost naked

At a small point, conditions such as those in the interior of the Sun prevail for milliseconds.

At the center of the giant ball at the National Ignition Facility, 192 laser beams cause a tiny hydrogen-filled ball to explode.  By the way, the hall also served as the engine room in the movie “Star Trek into Darkness” (2013).

With more efficient lasers, the target gets closer