World’s most powerful laser reveals secrets of pressure-driven ionization in stars and nuclear fusion

Pressure driven ionization

Scientists conducted laboratory experiments at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility that generated the extreme compressions needed for pressure-driven ionization. Their research provides new insights into atomic physics at gigabar pressures, which benefits astrophysics and nuclear fusion research. Credits: Graphic illustration by Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; insert by Jan Vorberger/Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Scientists … Read more