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Laser fusion replicates the energy produced by the sun and stars.

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Laser Fusion

The quest to develop laser fusion, which replicates the energy produced by the sun and stars, has produced valuable advances in laser technology.

These include new classes of light sources, optical components, high-powered lasers and the National Ignition Facility, the largest laser facility built to date. (Photo: University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics / Eugene Kowaluk

(Courtesy of University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics/Eugene Kowaluk)