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The justification for Z-Beamlet (ZBL) originally arose from the need for backlighting/radiography on the Z-Accelerator. The Z-Accelerator is a large pulsed power device which efficiently converts electrical energy into x-rays.

Fast Ignition
The research on thermonuclear fusion, mainly inertial confinement fusion (ICF), is an important mission within the pulsed-power center of Sandia National Laboratories. The parameters achieved with the Z-Accelerator get close to this scenario, and the undergoing ZR-upgrade will get us even closer.


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