In the Jan. 26 issue of Nature, LLNL physicists detail how a burning plasma state was achieved for the first time in a laboratory during experiments at NIF in November 2020 and February 2021.
Also in Nature, NIF researchers describe innovative target and laser designs that led to achieving a burning plasma state during experiments in 2020 and 2021.
Learn more about how years of research in lasers, optics, diagnostics, target fabrication, experimental design, and computer modeling and simulation culminated into NIF’s Aug. 8 “Wright Brothers moment.”
LLNL physicist Debbie Callahan has given plenty of presentations over the years—but she didn’t expect a standing ovation at the 2021 APS Division of Plasma Physics meeting.
LLNL scientists and collaborators used NIF’s lasers to experimentally determine the high-pressure melting curve and structural properties of pure iron descending toward the center of an extra-solar planet.
Christopher Stolz, an associate program manager in charge of the NIF optics supply, was elected as a fellow of the international society for optics and photonics.