Nevada Terawatt Facility
Leading in High-Energy-Density Science
World-renowned Research and Education
The Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) was established by the University of Nevada, Reno and dedicated in 2000. Supported primarily by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), its mission is to conduct research and to train students in the field of high-energy-density (HED) science, the study of the behavior of matter subject to conditions of extreme temperature and density. This rapidly developing field explores the fourth state of matter, called plasma, under conditions similar to those occurring in the interiors of stars, nuclear fusion reactors, and lightning bolts.
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There are lasers, and then there are lasers. At least that's the case at the Nevada Terawatt Facility, which boasts a pair of powerful systems...
Our equipment facilitates z-pinch physics and high intensity laser plasma interaction research.
State of the art equipment and research affords the facility national acclaim.
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