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July 22, 2019

NIF Reductions? Cuts to Weapons Physics Research Both Puzzle and Worry Scientists

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Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 am

A proposal to slash the budget for a branch of physics research that is vital to understanding nuclear weapons performance is alarming weapons scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)and elsewhere.

The cuts, proposed by the Trump Administration, have the potential for dramatically shrinking operations at the nation’s key facilities for carrying out the research, the most important of which is arguably LLNL’s giant laser, the National Ignition Facility, or NIF.

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