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Creating conditions for fusion on Earth involves generating and sustaining a plasma. Plasmas are gases that are so hot that electrons are freed from atomic nuclei. 

DOE explains...Fusion energy science

Highly reflective mirrors and telescope lenses in the Matter in Extreme Conditions optical laser system

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LaserNetUS funding will allow scientists to explore fundamental plasma science and inertial fusion energy research and technology.

Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) Hutch 6, located in the LCLS Far Experimental Hall.
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The results offer important implications for astrophysics and nuclear fusion research.

NIF experiment
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High-power lasers will work in concert with the lab’s X-ray laser to dramatically improve our understanding of matter in extreme conditions.

diamond rain
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It could offer insights into the evolution of planetary systems and guide scientists hoping to harness nuclear fusion as a new source of energy.

Scattered photons
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In a first, researchers measure extremely small and fast changes that occur in plasma when it’s zapped with a laser. Their technique will have...

LCLS Plasma Expansion
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Tripling the energy and refining the shape of optical laser pulses at LCLS’s Matter in Extreme Conditions instrument allows researchers to recreate higher-pressure conditions...

Laser engineers with the upgraded Matter in Extreme Conditions optical laser
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The 2010 experiment marked a significant step forward in understanding extreme states of matter at the hearts of stars, planets and nuclear fusion reactions.

The interior of an LCLS chamber set up for an investigation into hot, dense matter.
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Presented by Siegfried Glenzer. Normally we think of hydrogen as a gas.  But elsewhere in the universe, hydrogen under extreme pressure can exist in...

stillframe public lecture jupiter in a bottle