by Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 26 April 2013

Touted as ‘the Earth’s most powerful and efficient laboratory radiation source’, the Z machine is located at Albuquerque and is part of the Pulsed Power Program at Sandia National Laboratories. Here, concentrated electrical energy is converted into short pulses of enormous power to generate X-rays and gamma rays. The facility is used for serious science and energy research, which includes material testing under high pressures and temperatures. We just think it looks really cool with all that bright zapping going on.