Inside the Largest Laser and Fusion Chamber in the World

If you live in San Francisco's Bay Area and your name is Darth Vader, head to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the hottest laser action in the galaxy. Instead of destroying planets, however, the $3-billion National Ignition Facility will be used to fuse hydrogen atoms to create a small star and, in theory,… » 4/16/08 11:40am 4/16/08 11:40am