Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Researcher Scans Disposable Debris Shield for Damage

Robust Debris Shields to Boost NIF’s Shot Rate

Researchers are installing new high-quality fused silica debris shields to cut the rate of optics damage. This should increase NIF’s shot rate, and enhance the drive toward fusion ignition.


Life’s Lessons on the Road Less Traveled

When NIF&PS structural engineer Brian Berman recovered from an injury and illness that sidelined him for two years, he was determined to take the road less traveled—literally.

Machine Learning Sharpens Predictions

A new machine learning-based approach that combines simulation and experimental data for ICF experiments is more accurate than simulations alone.

Smashing Gold, Platinum with Finesse

Shockless compression experiments at NIF and Sandia’s Z machine established new high-precision measurements of gold and platinum when squeezed to 1 terapascal.

How NIF Inspired 3D Metal-Printing Tech

The quest for fusion energy and an innovative technique to protect NIF’s optical components from laser damage inspired a new high-speed 3D manufacturing technology.

From NIF to Z

LLNL and Sandia National Laboratories are continuing their long-standing collaboration on diagnostic advancements for the nation’s premier high energy density research facilities.