Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

May 29, 2019

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Science and Technology

Making Metal with the Lightness of Air

Gold, silver, and copper are heavy metals, but LLNL scientists can now make them nearly as light as air — in a form so tiny it can ride on a mosquito’s back. Read more...

2009 photo of then-NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino speaking at NIF Dedication Ceremony

A Look Back: NIF’s Dedication Ceremonies

In the decade that has followed NIF’s dedication ceremonies, the facility has stayed true to the mission outlined that day by then-NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino. Read more...
Photo of LLNL Senior Engineering Associate Carlos Castro holding his 2019 Larry Foreman Award

LLNL Engineer Wins Top Target Fab Award

LLNL senior engineering associate Carlos Castro has won a special award from his peers around the world in recognition of a career’s worth of accomplishments in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) target making. Read more...

May 8, 2019

Artistic rendering of high power lasers creating a superionic water ice phase

Research Reveals Atomic Structure of Superionic Ice

LLNL scientists used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase to identify its atomic structure for the first time – all in just a few billionths of a second. Read more...
Schematic of the ARC Laser System

ARC Experiments Exceed Expectations

The first proton-acceleration experiments using NIF’s Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) short-pulse laser produced protons with energies about 10 times higher than previously predicted. Read more...
Colorized image showing ICF program’s first layered DT fusion implosion using the big-foot pulse strategy in a subscale HDC ablator

NIF Experiments Close In on Burning Plasma

For decades, scientists have pursued inertial confinement fusion (ICF) as a means for achieving ignition. Recent NIF experiments have shown the “burning plasma” stage needed for achieving ignition may be within reach. Read more...
Photo of Livermore scientist Julia Vogel examining the Wolter x-ray microscope

An Optical Revolution for X-Ray Imaging

Scientists from LLNL, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Sandia National Laboratories, built an optical instrument for imaging pulsed-power x-ray sources.
Photo of cubesats on April 2019 cover of Science & Technology Review

Space Program Innovation: One Small Satellite at a Time

Launches of human-made satellites orbiting Earth nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017. Small satellites that are easier and less expensive to build and more cost efficient to launch contributed to this growth. Read more...
Photo of the late Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher

Ellen Tauscher Remembered as “Steadfast Supporter” of NIF

The late-Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher was remembered as a longtime champion of NIF in the Livermore Valley, in Washington D.C., and beyond. Read more...

April 10, 2019

Photo of the Z Line VISAR final optics assembly

Line VISAR Commissioned at Sandia’s Z Machine

A joint LLNL/Sandia National Laboratories team has commissioned a line-imaging Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (Line VISAR) at Sandia’s Z Machine. Read more...
Photo of NIF method to mitigate optics laser damage using laser ablation

Repairing NIF Optics Damage Shows LLNL’s Advanced Manufacturing Potential

NIF’s laser optics damage mitigation program is one example of how the private sector benefits from LLNL’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab. Read more...
Photo of Jamie King

NIF’s Jamie King Receives Laser Safety Award

The Laser Institute of America recognized Jamie King, certified laser safety officer for NIF and LLNL, with the R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award. Read more...

April 3, 2019

Virtual Beam Line Team

LLNL’s Virtual Beam Line ++ Now Available

Physicists designing new laser systems and modeling laser performance at LLNL now have a powerful new tool in their hands with the Rigel release of Virtual Beam Line++. Read more...

March 20, 2019

Illustration of Laser Ablation Model

Researchers Drill Down on Laser-Material Interaction

Using ultrashort laser pulses lasting a few trillionths of a second, LLNL researchers have discovered an efficient mechanism for laser material removal that could help pave the way to the use of lower-energy, less costly lasers in many industrial applications. Read more...
Drawing of the Red Electroplating Cage

Bobbing Shells Key to Future NIF Targets

A team of LLNL physicists and target engineers has reached an important goal with a new technique for electroplating copper and gold to create tiny, smoothly spherical inertial confinement fusion target shells. Read more...
Photo of Katie Lewis

Conference Highlights Machine Learning at NIF

In her keynote address at the regional Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference, LLNL computer scientist Katie Lewis described how machine learning has benefited inertial confinement fusion experiments at NIF. Read more...
Photo of Tammy Ma receiving Woman of the Year Award

NIF’s Tammy Ma named ‘Woman of the Year’

Tammy Ma, a NIF & Photon Science experimental plasma physicist, has been named Woman of the Year for the 16th California Assembly District. Read more...

March 13, 2019

MIT Center

MIT to Establish Fusion, HED Physics Center

MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, a longtime NIF partner in research and education, will lead a new center of excellence to support educational and research efforts in fusion and high energy density physics at MIT and four academic research partners. Read more...

March 1, 2019

MIT Center

Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland Tours NIF

During her recent visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Nobel laureate Donna Strickland toured NIF, which benefits every day from her award-winning research that was foundational to today’s ultra-high-peak-power laser systems. Read more...
Laura Kegelmeyer

Harnessing Machine Learning’s Power

Scientist/Engineer Laura Kegelmeyer was one of the featured speakers at the Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2019 conference. Here’s more on her journey from biomedical engineering to machine learning. Read more...
ARC Video screenshot

New Video Details How ARC Laser Works

We’ve created new video animation to explain how the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser works. Donna Strickland’s work helped spark this extremely powerful short pulse laser that operates within NIF’s laser. Read more...
Photo from Photonics West

NIF Shines at Laser Fusion Conference

Advances in deep-learning tools for predictive modeling and updates on high-power lasers used for fusion research around the world were among dozens of topics presented at this year’s Photonics West conference chaired by NIF leaders. Read more...
Group photo of NIF-JLF Users

NIF and Jupiter Laser Facility User Groups Meet

The annual NIF and Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) User Group meeting brought together more than 180 researchers to learn about the capabilities, recent experiments, and new experimental platforms of both LLNL facilities. Read more...