Nova Laser Beam and Target creating a miniature star.
In 1986, the Nova laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory produced the largest laser fusion yield to date—a record 11 trillion fusion neutrons. This miniature “star” was created in the Nova laser target chamber as 300 trillion watts of power hit a 0.5-millimeter-diameter target capsule containing deuterium–tritium fuel. The first Tron movie used the Nova laser for its location shots.
photo: llnl/flickr

Nova Laser Beam and Target creating a miniature star.

In 1986, the Nova laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory produced the largest laser fusion yield to date—a record 11 trillion fusion neutrons. This miniature “star” was created in the Nova laser target chamber as 300 trillion watts of power hit a 0.5-millimeter-diameter target capsule containing deuterium–tritium fuel. The first Tron movie used the Nova laser for its location shots.

photo: llnl/flickr