Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

January 9, 2020

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Papers and Presentations

Researchers Improve Model for Laser-Driven Plasma Flows

A team of scientists from LLNL, Stanford University, and the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics have improved a method to more accurately model laser-driven plasma flows. Read more...

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NIF Hits 10,000 Optics Recycle Milestone

NIF recently celebrated a significant milestone — the 10,000th optic processed by the Optics Mitigation Facility since NIF’s Optics Recycle Loop process launched. Read more...

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Creativity Flows at Joint NIF-PLS ‘Idea Day’

NIF & Photon Science and Physical & Life Sciences employees discussed ways to collaborate on more scientific and technological research projects in the next 10 years. Read more...

December 23, 2019

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Physicist to Lead APS Division of Plasma Physics

LLNL physicist Denise Hinkel was elected vice chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics (DPP), the first step in a four-year leadership commitment that will include a stint as the organization’s chair. Read more...

December 17, 2019

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STAR Array Tests Materials’ Response to Shocks

At first glance it might be mistaken for the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars”. But it’s actually a new radiation-effects diagnostic that nearly triples the number of material samples that can be exposed to x rays in a single NIF shot. Read more ...

A Look Back: “Star Wars” Edition

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The Science of the Death Star

“Star Wars” fans know the Death Star blew up Alderaan with a superlaser. While that’s not yet possible, LLNL plasma researchers have combined separate NIF lasers into a “superbeam.” Story and video ...
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Stellar Reactions in a Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away

NIF uses a diagnostic called VADER. Learn what the name means in this profile of LLNL nuclear chemist and “Star Wars” fan Dawn Shaughnessy. Read more...

December 17, 2019

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Poster Social Brings Researchers Together

The annual JHEDS and ICF APS Poster Social gives Lab researchers a chance to share their work and start new collaborations. That proved especially true for one researcher, who this year had come full circle. Read more...

December 10, 2019

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Accelerating New Discoveries in Nuclear Physics

NIF & Photon Science is one of three LLNL directorates that are investing in three new accelerators to rapidly expand research capabilities with powerful diagnostic and imaging tools. Read more...

December 5, 2019

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LLNL Researcher Honored by Academies of Sciences

LLNL scientist Federica Coppari was named a New Leader in Space Science by the U.S. and Chinese academies of sciences in honor of her contributions to the field of planetary science. Read more...

December 2, 2019

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Ultralight Gold Foam Shimmers in the Limelight

LLNL scientists have created the lightest gold foam to date. The new form of ultralight gold aerogel foam will be used for targets for NIF.

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NIF Invited Talks at APS Plasma Physics Conference

Ongoing experiments on the Sun’s nucleosynthesis processes and an update on progress toward achieving ignition were among the invited talks about NIF-related research at an annual plasma physics conference. Read more...

November 26, 2019

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Could Magnetized Targets Improve NIF’s Ignition Chances?

Researchers are working on a project to demonstrate how surrounding an ICF target with a powerful magnetic field could improve NIF’s implosion performance. Read more...

November 20, 2019

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Research: Lead Gets Harder Under High Pressure

A team of LLNL researchers has demonstrated that lead — a metal so soft that it’s difficult to machine under normal conditions — responds much like other, stronger metals when rapidly compressed. Read more...

November 13, 2019

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Frustraum Hohlraum Design Is Shaping Up

An angular hohlraum named “Frustraum” could become a key to the next stages of inertial confinement fusion research at the National Ignition Facility. Read more...

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No Shots in the Dark

The Debris and Shrapnel Working Group is one of the many critical teams NIF relies on to keep it operational 24 hours a day nearly year round. Its mission is to evaluate risks to NIF equipment by using computer modeling, risk assessment analysis, and experience. Read more...

November 8, 2019

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NIF Army Veteran Attends Medal of Honor Ceremony

NIF mechanical designer John Ruiz recalls the intense firefight in Iraq that led to his former squad leader, David Bellavia, receiving the Medal of Honor. Read more...

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NIF&PS Researchers Garner LIA, SPIE Awards

The Laser Institute and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored a NIF&PS research team and an individual.

October 29, 2019

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Scholar Learns from HED Science ‘Tasting Platter’

NIF & Photon Science Summer Scholar Raspberry Simpson reflects on her experience at the Jupiter Laser Facility while working on the early design of a new plasma diagnostic tool for NIF. Read more...

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Metasurface Laser Printing Could Improve NIF Optics

A NIF research team has developed a Metasurface Laser Printing process that can produce adjustable, nanoscale surface features for optics glass media. This could allow greater laser powers. Read more...

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NIF&PS Scientists Named 2019 APS Fellows

Six scientists whose work has included research involving NIF & Photon Science have been named 2019 American Physical Society (APS) fellows. Read more...

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Early and Mid-Career Accomplishments Recognized

Chemical engineer Salmaan Baxamusa and design physicist Brian Spears were named to LLNL’s fifth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition (EMCR) Program. Read more...

October 15, 2019

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New Gratings Promise Boost for Ultrafast Lasers

An LLNL Advanced Photon Technologies program team designed a new generation of compressor gratings that could boost the performance of the world’s ultrafast high-power laser systems by as much as 20 percent. Read more...

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Artist Wins Award for ‘Best Comic Design’

Artist John Jett of the NIF & Photon Science Document Services Team was honored with a special Adobe Government Creativity Award for creating an educational comic book explaining NIF. Read more...

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NIF&PS Employees Honored With LLNL Awards

Several NIF & PS research teams and individuals were honored recently by LLNL for extraordinary scientific and technical contributions, excellence in publication, and operational excellence. Read more...

October 10, 2019

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Breakthroughs in Laser-Driven Neutron Sources

Short-pulse laser accelerated neutrons are creating new breakthroughs and exciting possibilities in that field of science, according to visiting physics professor Markus Roth. Read more...

October 3, 2019

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3-D Models Could Help Guide NIF’s Pursuit of Ignition

An LLNL research team described the results of several years of effort to develop a 3-D modeling capability “reliable enough to guide NIF experiments to ignition.” Read more...

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World’s Largest Optical Lens Shipped to SLAC

When the world’s newest telescope starts imaging the southern sky in 2023, it will take photos using optical assemblies designed by scientists and engineers from LLNL, including NIF, and built by Lab industrial partners. Read more...

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Special Section: 10 Years of Dedication

This special section traces NIF’s 10 Years of Dedication—a look at where we started, what we’ve accomplished, and the people who are the driving force behind NIF. Read more...