Tom Hurry of Plasma Physics adjusts the target positioner and particle beam diagnostics prior to an experiment at Trident. LANL scientists use Trident to create and study extreme states of matter, such as plasma, by shining a brief, intense pulse of light onto a solid target, which heats a small volume of material into a million-degree microplasma. The laser can produce 500 times the electrical power output of the United States in 500 quadrillionths of a second. 

Photo by LeRoy Sanchez.

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