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140627-N-JF840-028.JPG Photo By: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Jamie Hartman

WASHINGTON - The Nike laser lens array focuses 44 krypton-fluoride (KrF) laser beams onto targets that represent a small portion of an imploding capsule. The mm-size target is visible in the center lens. The KrF laser is similar to ArF but has somewhat longer wavelength (248 nm). The Nike experiments advance the basic physics for uniformly accelerating targets to the high velocities needed for fusion implosions.


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