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What is a Validator Component?

A validator component is a system component (a smart contract component that is native to the Radix Protocol and cannot be modified by anyone) that is used exclusively for staking to validators.

Each validator node-runner, when they register their node as a validator, will automatically create a validator component on the Radix Network. When a user wishes to stake to a validator, they send their XRD to the relevant validator component and receive Liquid Stake Units (LSUs) in return.

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