Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



September 8, 2021

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Papers and Presentations


How Tantalum Behaves at High Pressure and Temperature

LLNL researchers studied the melting behavior of tantalum at multi-megabar pressures, part of a broader effort to ensure these transitions are simulated correctly when predicting the results of dynamic events such as accelerating an ablator during experiments at NIF. Read more...


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NIF&PS Virtual Summer Scholar Program 2.0

The NIF&PS virtual Summer Scholar Program returned for another year with an expanded lineup of seminars, coffee talks, and virtual tours.
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NIF Generating Headlines Around the World

NIF’s significant step toward ignition is generating news stories around the world. You can find links to those stories on our In the News page.
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LLNL Optics Used to Spot Elusive Martian Auroras

LLNL’s expertise in advancing optical science helped create NIF, the world’s largest laser system. That optical expertise recently played a role in exploring the elusive auroras of Mars. Read more...

August 18, 2021

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NIF Researchers at Threshold of Fusion Ignition

A recent NIF experiment made a significant step toward ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules (MJ). This advancement puts researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition. Read more...

August 17, 2021

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LaserNetUS Opening New Frontiers of Laser Science

LaserNetUS, a network of 10 ultra-powerful laser facilities including LLNL’s Jupiter Laser Facility, has made great strides toward strengthening the nation’s position in high-intensity lasers and laser-plasma research. Read more...

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LLNL Interns—New Air Force Officers—Support Future NIF Experiments

Two LLNL engineering interns who are newly commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force collaborated on a diagnostic that will improve future x-ray response experiments at NIF. Read more...

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NIF Physicist Receives Fusion Excellence Award

The Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors has selected experimental physicist Tammy Ma as the recipient of its 2021 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award. Read more...

August 11, 2021

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Energy Secretary Granholm Virtually Visits NIF

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm virtually visited LLNL, meeting with leading scientists and engineers, touring NIF and other lab facilities, and learning about key research efforts. Read more...

July 28, 2021

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Laser Testing System Brings NIF Back to the Future

NIF’s recommissioned Precision Diagnostic System has advanced diagnostic tools that help researchers experiment with potential methods to increase laser performance.

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Fusion Supports the Stockpile

To support the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, weapon designers, experimentalists, and engineers turn to platforms of immense energy and engineering prowess such as NIF. Read more...

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NIF Highlighted at Virtual Plasma Physics Conference

Eight LLNL researchers presented NIF-related talks and posters at the 47th European Physical Society Plasma Physics Conference.
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July 19, 2021

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3D Hohlraum Model Assists Indirect-Drive Implosions

Scientists from LLNL and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics have described a simple 3D model in hohlraums and capsules for inertial confinement fusion implosions at NIF. Read more...

July 8, 2021

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Robust Debris Shields to Boost NIF’s Shot Rate

Researchers are installing new high-quality fused silica debris shields to cut the rate of optics damage. This should increase NIF’s shot rate, and enhance the drive toward fusion ignition. Read more...

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NIF Engineer: Life’s Lessons on Road Less Traveled

When NIF&PS structural engineer Brian Berman recovered from an injury and illness that sidelined him for two years, he was determined to take the road less traveled—literally. Read more...

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Machine Learning Sharpens NIF Shot Predictions

A new machine learning-based approach that combines simulation and experimental data for ICF experiments is more accurate than simulations alone. Read more...

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New Geometry for a Neutron Source Platform for NIF

Scientists have demonstrated an inverted-corona platform, a new geometry for a neutron-source platform that adds another tool to NIF’s growing list of capabilities. Read more...

June 16, 2021

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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