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DOE awards $8.2 million to Rochester fusion center

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $8.2 million to the University of Rochester to support its Fusion Science Center for Extreme States of Matter for another five years. The funding represents a 50 percent increase over the previous $5.5 million grant, which founded the center in 2004.

The fusion center helps physicists develop an understanding of extreme states of matter using new methods to achieve fusion. The University's Omega laser produces fusion by striking a small pellet of hydrogen with laser beams that use 10 times as much power in a billionth of a second as the entire nation's power grid.

University of Rochester press release.