Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



February 6, 2019

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Papers and Presentations

Understanding Optics Damage from Reflected Laser Light

LLNL researchers have found an answer to a persistent question: why do mirrors burned by light backscattered from NIF targets show such characteristic and consistent patterns? Read more...


Discovery Science

NIF Discovery Science: The Next 10

A new round of NIF Discovery Science Program experiments will explore plasma astrophysics, hydrodynamics, nuclear physics, equation of state, material science, and particle acceleration. Read more...
Fusion Research

Scientists Predict Reaction Data for Fusion Research

LLNL nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted the properties of polarized thermonuclear fusion. Read more...
Nerd Bowl

Lazer Cats Are Nerd Bowl II Champs

A year of sweat and sacrifice paid off for the Lawrence Livermore National Lab Lazer Cats, who won Nerd Bowl II. Read more...
NIF VR/AR

Virtual and Augmented Reality Yield New Insights

Leading-edge simulation technologies are helping researchers go beyond reality to help answer the question of exactly what is possible at NIF. Read more...

January 2019

Rugby Hohlraum

Rugby Hohlraum Kicks Up NIF’s Energy Efficiency

NIF experiments using a hohlraum shaped like a rugby ball have significantly boosted the amount of laser-induced energy absorbed by an inertial confinement fusion fuel capsule Read more...

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LLNL, 3 Universities Form HED Science Alliance

LLNL, Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, and UC Merced have formed the Consortium for High Energy Density Science under a grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration to diversify the pipeline of students who pursue careers in this field. Read more...
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A Software Architect Starts Early

For Tom Epperly, writing software is both a lifelong avocation and a hobby. So, working on a major redesign of NIF’s Virtual Beam Line code is a dream come true. Read more...
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NIF Experiments Support Warhead Life Extension

Data acquired in NIF experiments are helping weapon designers at LLNL assess replacement options for aged materials in the W80-4 warhead. Read more...
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Making Two Measurements in One Shot

A team of physicists and Target Fabrication designers has devised a “two-for-one” NIF diagnostic platform for measuring the strength of materials under extreme pressure. Read more...

Machine Learning Points to New Target Designs

LLNL scientists’ work with the Trinity supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory and machine learning could disrupt 40 years of assumptions about inertial confinement fusion. Read more...