Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



August 13, 2019

Spotlight on:

NIF & PS People

Special Section: 10 Years of Dedication

We’ve launched a special section tracing NIF’s 10 Years of Dedication—a look at where we started, what we’ve accomplished, what’s next, and the people who are the driving force behind NIF. Just added this week: Advanced Radiographic Capability, Users and Partners, Education and Outreach, Visitors and Tours, and NIF and Popular Culture. “Looking Forward” will be posted shortly. Read more...


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NIF Celebrates a Decade of Operations

We’ve also posted a new video, 10 Years of NIF: What It Took to Make NIF a Reality. And NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Deputy Administrator Charles Verdon, and LLNL Director Bill Goldstein commemorate NIF’s first decade of operation. Read more...
Science & Technology Review magazine cover for June 2019

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...
Photo of cubesats on April 2019 cover of Science & Technology Review

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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Photo of cubesats on April 2019 cover of Science & Technology Review

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...

July 15, 2019

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Reducing Stress in Metal 3-D Printed Parts

LLNL and UC Davis researchers are using high-powered lasers borrowed from technology created for NIF to address a stress problem in metal 3-D printing. Read more...
Technician Prepares NSA Sample for NIF

Laser Helps Test Nuclear Weapon Survivability

In the absence of nuclear testing, high energy density (HED) facilities such as NIF have become a key tool for testing the survivability of nuclear weapon components. Read more...
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Three LLNL Scientists Named OSA Senior Members

LLNL scientists Félicie Albert, Eyal Feigenbaum, and Bruce Warner have been named senior members of The Optical Society (OSA), which honored their 10 years or more of professional experience.
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June 20, 2019

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Stellar Reactions in a Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away

Nuclear chemist and sci-fi fan Dawn Shaughnessy is one of the few people in history who have helped discover an atomic element. Now she’s using NIF to explore extreme conditions in our solar system.
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NIF Research Tops Physics of Plasmas 10 ‘Most Cited’ List

Research authored by NIF physicists represented four of the prestigious Physics of Plasmas top 10 list of “most cited papers” of 2018.
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Photo from 1999 of a crane lifting the Target Chamber

A Look Back: NIF Target Chamber’s Big Lift

Twenty years ago this month, a giant crane lifted NIF’s Target Chamber into place. Here’s the story, with photos from LLNL’s archive, showing how the epicenter of NIF experiments was designed, constructed, and installed. Read more...

May 29, 2019

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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.
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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...