A NIF experiment in August made a significant step toward ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules (MJ). This advancement puts researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition.
NIF has a prominent role in a new book about fusion energy. The book’s author called the results of NIF’s Aug. 8 experiment “momentous.”
Priyanka Nagasamudra was fascinated when LLNL scientist Laura Kegelmeyer spoke to her Dublin High School class about NIF. Her work as a NIF intern has impressed her mentor—Kegelmeyer.
LLNL researchers conducting experiments at NIF to investigate a “low-mode” laser asymmetry that was significantly degrading performance showed it’s possible to reduce asymmetries and increase performance.
LLNL Director Emeritus George Miller, who helped lead NIF during a key period of the facility’s construction, receives the Foster Medal for contributions to U.S. national security.
To support the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, weapon designers, experimentalists, and engineers turn to platforms of immense energy and engineering prowess such as NIF.