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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.

Two LLNL Physicists Honored for International Collaboration

July 17, 2024- 
LLNL physicists Hye-Sook Park and George Swadling, Anna Grassi of France’s Sorbonne University, and former Lawrence Fellow Frederico Fiuza of Portugal’s Técnico Lisboa, received the 2024 Lev D. Landau and Lyman Spitzer Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics.

Celebrating Ignition at City Center Bishop Ranch

July 16, 2024- 
Visitors to City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon can now learn about LLNL’s historic fusion ignition achievement while they shop and dine thanks to a new art installation on the exterior of the center.

Advancements in Z-Pinch Fusion: New Insights From Plasma Pressure Profiles

July 11, 2024- 
LLNL scientists reported advancements in understanding plasma pressure profiles within flow-stabilized Z-pinch fusion, a candidate for achieving net gain fusion energy in a compact device.

When Experiments Go Quiet: Maintaining the National Ignition Facility

July 10, 2024- 
When the lasers at NIF stop firing, the facility is anything but quiet. Facility maintenance and refurbishment teams work to keep NIF as finely tuned as a Formula One racecar (story includes a video).

LLNL Honors 23 as Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

July 8, 2024- 
Craig Siders and Vladimir Smalyuk from NIF&PS are among the 23 LLNL researchers named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff.

NIF Takes a Quantum Leap into Elusive Metallic Hydrogen

June 20, 2024- 
Experiments are underway in NIF’s Discovery Science program as researchers try to characterize hydrogen’s optical properties and equation of state — and perhaps create the metallic state of hydrogen predicted decades ago.

LLNL’s Annie Kritcher Honored with Liberty Science Center’s ‘Genius Award’

June 20, 2024- 
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.

Fusion Ignition and the Path to Inertial Fusion Energy

June 20, 2024- 
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.