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How Lasers Work

Learn how lasers were developed and how they work.


NIF & Photon Science researchers take learning opportunities on the road.


Don’t know what something means? Find definitions of terms related to NIF, fusion, and photon science in our glossary.

For Teachers

LLNL’s Science Education Program provides professional development instruction to in-service and pre-service teachers.

For Kids

See how we make giant crystals and how we’ll make a miniature star here on Earth. Learn about the baby mammoth that was unearthed when NIF was being built.


Learn about jobs at the Lab, our summer student projects, and how to take a tour of NIF.