Star Wars research: Nova laser

Star Wars research: Nova laser

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Caption: Overview of the target chamber area (sphere at centre) of the Nova laser system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, showing technicians at work. The large blue pipes carry the individual laser beams which converge in the central target area. The very high-power laser is currently dedicated to weapons physics research as part of the U. S. government's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)- the "Star Wars" programme, in which space-based, high- energy lasers are envisaged to play an important role.

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Keywords: combat, defence, defense research, laser fusion, lawrence livermore laboratory, nova laser, program, programme, sdi, space, star war, strategic defence initiative, wars

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