iCandy: August 2010

IEEE Spectrum's monthly slideshow proves that an image is worth a thousand bytes

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iCandy: August 2010

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This 10-meter-diameter ultrarugged aluminum sphere, the centerpiece of France’s Laser Mégajoule project, is just a fancy container. Inside it is the tiny deuterium-tritium target at which 240 high-powered lasers will fire beams to trigger a moment of nuclear fusion. Studying the result might eliminate the need for nuclear weapons testing.

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