Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



January 6, 2021

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Meetings & Workshops


NIF Experiments Among Highlights at Virtual Physics Conference

NIF scientific discoveries and educational opportunities were among the highlights at the virtual APS-Division of Plasma Physics conference. Read more...


Artist rendition of full EXAFS sample, backlighter,and laser configuration at NIF

Researchers Develop Broadband X-Ray Source

LLNL researchers have developed a new x-ray source that can diagnose temperature in experiments at NIF that probe conditions like those at the very center of planets. Read more...


December 16, 2020

Artistic rendering of an aspirational future automated production process for custom gradient refractive index optics

3D-Printed Glass Enhances Optical Design Flexibility

LLNL researchers have used multi-material 3D printing to create tailored glass optics that could make novel optics for future laser and optical systems, military specialized eyewear, and virtual reality goggles.
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Texas A&M Honors LLNL Physicist

Texas A&M University honored LLNL physicist Kelli Humbird with its 2020-21 Young Former Student award for her work combining machine learning with ICF research. Read more...

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Measuring Extreme Temperatures

This target, hohlraum, and VISAR diagnostic cone go from 400 degrees below zero Fahrenheit to about 4 million °F in a few billionths of a second. Learn why in our photo gallery. Read more...

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Approaching “Burning Plasma”

Science magazine reports on how new target designs, laser pulse shapes, and better diagnostics are bringing NIF researchers closer to a milestone known as “burning plasma” (external link). Read more...


December 3, 2020

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Video: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Laser

Our video explores how lasers have dramatically impacted our lives and how researchers at LLNL and NIF use them to push the boundaries of science and technology. Read more...

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Newest ‘Ruby’ Supercomputer Helps NIF, NNSA, and COVID-19 Research

LLNL’s newest high performance computing cluster will support NIF’s inertial confinement fusion experiments, perform functions for the NNSA, and boost the Lab’s COVID-19 research. Read more...


November 18, 2020

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General Atomics and NIF: Partners on a Mission

Scientists and engineers from NIF and General Atomics work side-by-side helping to keep the nation secure and to expand the frontiers of science. Read more...

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Summer Internship Program Goes Virtual

NIF’s Summer Scholar Program went virtual this year thanks to the hard work, quick thinking, and inventiveness of key leaders.
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Alexus Warchock

Virtual Internship Turns into Unique Experience

Alexus Warchock was initially disappointed when she learned the NIF & Photon Science Summer Scholar Program would be virtual. But her successful internship turned into a part-time job. Read more...

November 12, 2020

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The Explosive, Mysterious Physics of Supernovas

A Science News magazine cover story explores how NIF&PS physicist Hye-Sook Park and a team of researchers are using giant lasers to reveal the details of massive stellar explosions. Read more...


October 21, 2020

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NIF Physicist Among Four LLNL Scientists Named APS Fellows

NIF’s Laurent Divol was one of four LLNL scientists selected as a 2020 American Physical Society fellow. Read more...

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Two NIF Scientists Earn Early and Mid-Career Awards

LLNL’s sixth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition (EMCR) Program included two scientists who have made a significant impact at NIF.
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NIF Spotlight: Computer Scientist Jarom Nelson

Computer scientist Jarom Nelson has been working on the development and release of Virtual Beamline++ (VBL++). He also has his creative outlets: musical theater and choral singing. Read more...

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Lab has ties to Nobel Prize winner Andrea Ghez

Andrea Ghez, co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics, has close ties to LLNL, including her work using the LLNL Keck Laser Guide Star to chart the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Read more...

October 1, 2020

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Machine Learning Speeds Up and Enhances Physics Calculations

Researchers have found a novel way to incorporate machine learning and neural networks to significantly speed up ICF physics simulations. Read more...

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The Internship That Launched a Machine-Learning Target Revolution

Kelli Humbird came to LLNL as a student intern and became a teacher of new data science techniques. Read more...

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NIF’s Scientific Achievements Build on First Science Experiment A Millennium Ago

In a seminar for NIF, visiting Professor Mohammad Karim traced the history of science that led to NIF’s ongoing advancements in optics and photonics. Read more...


September 16, 2020

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Félicie Albert Elected NAS Kavli Fellow

Félicie Albert, staff scientist at NIF & Photon Science and the Joint High Energy Density Sciences organization, has been elected a Kavli Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Read more...

September 3, 2020

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World’s Largest Computer Chip Opens New AI Doors for NIF

The world’s largest computer chip will kick open new experimental doors for the world’s largest and most energetic laser system.
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August 27, 2020

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New Data Shows 3D Asymmetries in ICF Implosions

Data correlating two factors that lead to implosion asymmetries have brought LLNL scientists a step closer to understanding the gap between simulations and performance of ICF experiments at NIF. Read more...

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New Research on Atom-Changing Pressures

HED scientists from LLNL helped launch the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures to better understand the physical and astrophysical properties of matter under pressures strong enough to change the structure of individual atoms. Read more...

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Celebrating a Successful HED Science Career

When NIF’s Warren Hsing rode off into retirement, friends and colleagues came together virtually to celebrate his successful career as an international leader of the high energy density science community.
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