National Ignition Facility

NIF_coreLASER Array

The Implosion Core where 192 LASER beams converge to induce fusion in a dollop of cold Deuterium, Tritium or a combination thereof. These 192 LASERs (right) were made possible by the work of Martin Sala and his team at Corning Incorporated in 1999. Carolyn Almennigen carried out most of the Optical Engineering including experiments, prototyping and deployment as Team Optical Physicist.

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The Implosion Core "souped-up" to transform it into Star Trek's Warp-Core in Into Darkness.



Layout of NIF.