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Sandia’s Pulsed Power Accelerator

Dept. of Energy

(Photo credit: Randy Montoya)

Sandia National Laboratories technologist Nicole Cofer inspects a target she fabricated for Sandia’s Thor pulsed-power accelerator, which has a revolutionary architecture optimized for megabar-class material physics experiments. The target is designed to hold materials that can be studied by pulsed power researchers under extreme conditions.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (NTESS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Major research and development responsibilities include nuclear deterrence, national security, defense nuclear nonproliferation, energy technologies, and advanced science and technology. Sandia has main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California.

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