NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins visited Sandia National Laboratories yesterday. During his visit he toured the Z Pulsed Power Facility, also known as the Z machine, which is part of the pulsed power sciences program at Sandia. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays. The Z machine is a major tool in the development of Sandia’s weapons effects, weapons physics, and fusion technologies, all of which make invaluable contributions to science, national security and fusion energy research.
About the photo (L-R): Heather Trumble, Defense Programs Liaison, Sandia Field Office; Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application; Keith Matzen, Director, Pulsed Power Sciences Center, Sandia; and Mark Herrmann, Senior Manager, High Energy Density Science, Sandia.