Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



October 15, 2019

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Science & Technology

New Gratings Promise Boost for Ultrafast Lasers

A team from LLNL’s Advanced Photon Technologies program 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...


September 19, 2019

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NIF in Focus: Inside the ARC Laser

A short animated video followed by a series of detailed diagrams provide an in-depth look at the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser, which resides inside the giant laser system of the National Ignition Facility. Read more...

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Summer Scholar Reels in ‘STRIPED FISH’ for NIF

NIF & Photon Science Summer Scholar Liz Grace is helping to design a diagnostic instrument that could become a revolutionary measurement tool for NIF’s ARC laser system. Read more...


September 10, 2019

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NIF Scholar Makes Impact on New Diagnostic

When Peter Nyholm became a NIF & Photon Science Summer Scholar, he was part of a family tradition that includes his parents, three of his siblings, and his wife. Now he’s working on a diagnostic that will be used on many NIF experiments. Read more...
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Anniversary Events Salute NIF Employees

NIF’s anniversary events celebrated employees for “great science” that supports the nation’s stockpile stewardship mission. We have photos from the events, plus a video, What’s It Like to Work at the National Ignition Facility. Read more...

August 13, 2019

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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...
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NIF Celebrates a Decade of Operations

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Deputy Administrator Charles Verdon, and LLNL Director Bill Goldstein commemorate NIF’s first decade of operation. The story includes a video, 10 Years of NIF: What It Took to Make NIF a Reality. Read more...
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S&TR Magazine: NIF’s 10 Years of Operation

Science & Technology Review magazine covers the world’s most energetic laser’s contributions to the Stockpile Stewardship Program, national security, and high energy density science. Read more...

July 31, 2019

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Physicist Maria Gatu Johnson Wins APS Award

Maria Gatu Johnson, who plays a key role in NIF’s ICF and Discovery Science campaigns, wins the Katherine Weimer Award recognizing outstanding plasma science research by a woman physicist in the early stages of her career. Read more...

July 24, 2019

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Apollo 11 Inspired Lab’s Jeff Wisoff, Tammy Jernigan

NIF Principal Associate Director Jeff Wisoff and LLNL Senior Advisor Tammy Jernigan reminisce about watching the first moon landing 50 years ago and reflect on how the historic event affected their careers as astronauts and scientists. Read more...
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Four LLNL Researchers Receive Presidential Awards

NIF&PS researchers Félicie Albert, Daniel Casey, Arthur Pak, and Richard Kraus of Physics and Life Sciences are honored with the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
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Space Program: One Small Satellite at a Time

Updated with video: 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...