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How LLNL launched ‘The Age of Ignition’ at NIF

How did LLNL make history at the National Ignition Facility by achieving fusion ignition on Dec. 5, 2022? Our special expanded report, The Age of Ignition, explains how this was accomplished, how it helps strengthen national security, and what it means for science and energy. Download PDF



A Quantum Leap into Metallic Hydrogen

In NIF Discovery Science experiments, researchers hope to characterize hydrogen’s optical properties—and perhaps create the metallic state of hydrogen predicted decades ago.

Fusion Ignition and the Path to IFE

The cover story in the latest edition of The Bridge magazine discusses LLNL’s achievement of ignition and what it means for stockpile stewardship and inertial fusion energy.

Science Center Honors LLNL Physicist

The Liberty Science Center of New Jersey presented LLNL physicist Annie Kritcher with its “Genius Award” for her work on the Lab team that achieved fusion ignition.

Machine Learning Optimizes Laser

Scientists from LLNL, the Fraunhofer Institute, and ELI ERIC collaborated on an experiment that used machine learning to optimize performance of the LLNL-developed L3-HAPLS laser.

Comic Book Tells the Story of Ignition

LLNL illustrator John Jett used comic book art as another way to tell the story of how a Lab experiment at NIF made history.

Ignition Takes Center Stage at NIF-JLF

Ignition—the word and the subject—remained the dominant theme at this year’s NIF and JLF User Groups Meeting.

Raspberry Simpson Named Kavli Fellow

Raspberry Simpson, a Lawrence Fellow in the NIF&PS Directorate, has been named a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow.

Throwing Shade on Optics Damage

If the sun’s too bright, you don sunglasses to prevent glare from damaging your eyes. LLNL researchers are using this same strategy to mitigate damage to valuable optics at NIF.