nuclei: In the ion diode region of Sandia National Laboratory's Particle Beam Accelerator (PBFA II), intense heat will strip the nuclei of deuterium and tritium atoms of their electrons, creating a "plasma" (negatively charged free electrons and positively charged ions [bare nuclei and any electrons that remain bound to them]). The D and T nuclei will fuse and become helium, releasing energetic neutrons in the process, and creating a sustained nuclear reaction.

plasma: Named by Irving Langmuir in 1929, referring the phenomena he observed in heated gases to the "fluid portion of blood in which the particulate components are suspended."

Marxian: The PBFA II is encircled by 36 Marx generators, each of which stores, then delivers, a 95,000 volt charge lasting about one millionth of a second.

watery: The PBFA's water-insulated section, in which the process of pulse-forming begins, contains about 2000 tons of water.

moon: Among the numerous associations between rabbit and moon are the markings on the lunar surface called "The Mark of the Hare." Hecate, goddess of moon and magic, also gave hope for regeneration.

simulating: PBFA II will first be used to create miniature thermonuclear explosions in order to "supplement the effects in weapons physics tests."

whirlwind: "This departing life has two components. One is called 'breath,' and it is this which leaves corpse via the sole of the foot in the form of a small whirlwind." (Opler,1936)