Deputy Dog has a post detailing “5
unbelievably cool research facilities.” The one
shown here is the Z
Machine, at the Sandia National Lab in Albuquerque, New
(Sandia Labs have more than one location.)
This device produces X-rays.
Sure, there are a lot of X-ray machines. But only
one can burn 290 trillion watts. That is about 80 times the
entire world’s production of electricity, although it only lasts for a
few billionths of a second. It attains temperatures of about
1.6 million degrees (Celsius).
The idea is to get to 3 million degrees, the temperature needed for
nuclear fusion. More technical details here.