Long before the ITER magnetic fusion project broke ground in France, LLNL was experimenting with devices with esoteric names including Q-cumber, TableTop, 2XIIB, Alice and Baseball.
In 1980, the world's largest superconducting magnet was built for the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF) to confine plasma. At $372 million, it became the Lab's most expensive construction during the '80s.
The Lab's Flickr photo sharing site has posted 30 historical photos of the early magnetic fusion projects, scanned in high resolution by the LLNL Archives Department.
The photos are also available on the Lab's Facebook page.