In breakthrough, lasers re-create conditions in planets' cores

July 20, 2014 4:46 PM

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In breakthrough, lasers re-create conditions in planets' cores

Scientists firing powerful pulses of laser beams in experiments at Livermore's National Ignition Facility have for the first time re-created conditions that exist deep in the cores of the solar system's giant planets.

The scientists focused the huge laser's intense energy at targets of synthetic diamonds to create a kind of artificial gravity that in bursts of energy compressed the hard diamonds under immense pressures more than 50 million times greater than Earth's atmosphere.

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