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Photo of the Week: The Z Machine

September 21, 2012

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The Z machine, the largest X-ray generator in the world, is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of the Pulsed Power Program, which started at Sandia National Laboratories in the 1960s, the Z machine concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which can then be used to generate X-rays and gamma rays. Click on the image for a full size version. | Photo credit: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories.

The Z machine, the largest X-ray generator in the world, is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of the Pulsed Power Program, which started at Sandia National Laboratories in the 1960s, the Z machine concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which can then be used to generate X-rays and gamma rays. Click on the image for a full size version. | Photo credit: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories.

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