About Pulsed Power
Key Research Facilities
- Z machine to create matter found in conditions at the core of the Earth or the deep interior of Neptune and Jupiter, and measure the properties.
Sandia’s Z machine provides us with the capability to delve deep into discovery science to study the behavior of matter at extreme conditions. This contributes to our fundamental understanding of nature and the universe.
Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) is a method that attempts to initiate nuclear fusion reactions by heating and compressing a fuel target, typically in the form of a pellet that most often contains a mixture of deuterium and tritium. Scientists at Sandia have now shown that a strategy called Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) in which a strong magnetic field is embedded in an imploding plasma of deuterium gas, is effective at retaining the heat necessary for fusion.