Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



June 23, 2021

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How NIF Inspired Groundbreaking 3D Metal-Printing Technology

A Stanford seminar, the decades-long quest for fusion energy, and an innovative technique for protecting NIF’s optical components from laser damage were the inspiration for a new high-speed 3D manufacturing technology that’s about to enter the market. Read more...


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Smashing Gold with Finesse

Shockless compression experiments at NIF and Sandia’s Z machine have established new pressure scales to measure the compression of gold and platinum when squeezed to 1 terapascal with extremely high precision. Read more...

HED facilities

Research on Materials Under Extreme Conditions

In Physics of Plasmas, LLNL physicist Hye-Sook Park discussed various experimental techniques and key findings of material states under HED conditions. Read more...

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Scientists Collaborate on Novel Instrument for NIF

LLNL and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory collaborated on an x-ray crystal spectrometer to measure a challenging feature of HED matter produced by NIF experiments. Read more...

June 15, 2021

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Materials Scientist Studies the Innards of Exoplanets

In a Q&A with Quanta Magazine, LLNL’s Federica Coppari discusses how she uses the world’s largest and highest-energy laser to recreate the cores of distant worlds. Read more...

Photo of NIF Target Area operator Chris Saabye installing the NXS x-ray spectrometer

From NIF to Z: LLNL, Sandia Collaborate

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

June 7, 2021

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Research Achieves Slow and Fast Light in Plasma

A laser-plasma system can be tuned to produce large and measurable changes in the group velocity of light, a technique that could further NIF’s quest for fusion ignition. Read more...

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Laser-Driven Ion Acceleration with Deep Learning

Research conducted at LLNL is the first to apply neural networks to the study of high-intensity short-pulse laser-plasma acceleration, which is important for ICF research at NIF. Read more...

June 2, 2021

NASA Image of Saturn

Experiments Validate Possibility of Helium Rain

LLNL scientists now have experimental evidence supporting predictions that helium rain is possible under conditions inside planets such as Jupiter and Saturn. Read more...

June 1, 2021

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NIF Installs New, Improved Shot Setup Tool

When NIF’s Campaign Management Tool (CMT) was retired, it culminated a seven-year effort to replace the complex and cumbersome original experiment setup tool. Read more...

May 27, 2021

An OTSL Target Capsule

A New Tool to Diagnose Hohlraum Plasma

To further their quest for ignition, LLNL scientists and engineers have developed a complex and sophisticated state-of-the-art diagnostic tool, the Optical Thomson Scattering Laser System, or OTSL. Read more...

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Simulations Examine Materials Performance

Scientists have examined the performance of pure boron, boron carbide, high-density carbon, and boron nitride ablators in the polar direct drive exploding pusher platform used at NIF. Read more...

May 19, 2021

Sketch of the first magnetized hohlraum

Boosting ICF Yield with Magnetized Fuel

NIF Senior Scientist John D. Moody writes in APS Physics about NIF researchers pursuing magnetized fusion fuel as a potentially disruptive way to boost the performance of laser-driven implosions.
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The Data-Driven Future of Extreme Physics

In Nature, LLNL researchers explain how applying machine learning and data science methods to “extreme” plasma physics helps gain insights into our universe and finds clues about creating a limitless amount of energy. Read more...

Visualizations of simulated HED mixing layer

Scientists Identify Key Trends in HED Mixing Layers

A multidisciplinary team of LLNL scientists published a major computational study of shock-induced instability growth and mixing in conditions like those encountered during NIF ICF experiments.
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MED Workshop

Lab Hosts First Virtual Manufacturing Workshop

Local high school students learned about NIF target fabrication and optics, advanced metal and polymer 3D printing, laser processing and etching, and electroplating during a virtual manufacturing workshop. Read more...

May 5, 2021

Photonics West

Progress at NIF, High-Power Laser Facilities

At a virtual conference, representatives from NIF&PS and other high-power laser facilities reported on continued fusion research progress despite the added challenges of the past year.
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OTS

Improving Polar Direct Drive Fusion Neutron Sources

Scientists from LLNL and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) are working to improve polar direct drive neutron sources for use on NIF experiments.
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NIF Postdoc Gets Lindau Nobel Laureate Invite

NIF&PS’s Matthew Edwards is one of three LLNL postdoctoral appointees selected to attend the 70th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany in June.
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April 30, 2021

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1D Model Helps Clarify Implosion Performance at NIF

To improve understanding of ICF implosion performance, researchers have developed a compression scaling model benchmarked to 1D implosion simulations spanning a variety of relevant implosion designs.
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April 21, 2021

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Improving Refractive Index Measurements

A high-precision interferometer system, newly developed to measure the pressure dependence of the refractive index and its dispersion in diamond anvil cells, could become another important diagnostic tool for NIF experiments. Read more...

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L3-HAPLS Marks Laser Peak Power Milestone

The L3-HAPLS, the world’s highest-average-power petawatt laser system designed and built by LLNL, reached a major milestone during a recent demonstration at ELI Beamlines Research Center. Read more...

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Laser Safety Book Draws from LLNL, NIF Expertise

With lasers for research and commercial applications becoming more common, a new laser safety book taps into LLNL’s expertise on the subject. Read more...

OTS

Predicting Heat Flux in ICF, HED Experiments

Joint research by LLNL, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and the University of Alberta sheds new light on heat transport models used in ICF and HED experiments. Read more...


March 30, 2021

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‘Intensity Islands’ Give CPCs Relativistic Power

A turbulent, chaotic stew of plasma and laser fields gives cone-shaped targets their ability to help scientists explore new relativistic plasma regimes at NIF’s Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser, according to new research. Read more...

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Laser-Heated Foams Help HED Science, ICF Goals

LLNL scientists tested laser-heated additive manufactured foams to help advance HED science and support the ICF program goal of achieving ignition in the lab. Read more...

X-ray emission spectrum

HED Plasma Research Could Lead to ICF Insights

Researchers have isolated the energy distribution of the radiation plasmas emit, potentially leading to new insights on anomalous astrophysical data and for diagnosing conditions of ICF implosions.
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