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November 17, 2021

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NIF Diagnostics Played Key Role in Fusion Milestone

NIF’s highly specialized and sophisticated measuring instruments known as diagnostics were integral to the record-setting fusion experiment. Part 3 of a series. Read more...


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Scholar Intern Pursues Passion for Optics

Natalie Shultz became enthralled with optics in high school. That led to her NIF&PS Summer Scholar Program project on debris shields used in NIF’s final optics assembly. Read more...

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Bridging the Idea-to-Industry Gap

A neodymium-doped fiber amplifier that could double the capacity of information-carrying fiber-optic cables is among the many LLNL-developed inventions awarded technology commercialization funding. Read more...

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Visit LLNL’s Virtual Discovery Center

While LLNL Discovery Center visits remain on pause, you can learn more about NIF’s Target Chamber, hohlraums, optics, and lasers by clicking through our interactive Virtual Discovery Center. Read more...


SPECIAL SERIES: THRESHOLD OF IGNITION

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The Elements of a Fusion Breakthrough

Part 1: NIF’s Aug. 8 “Wright Brothers moment” culminated years of research in lasers, optics, diagnostics, target fabrication, experimental design, and computer modeling and simulation. Read more...

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‘Hybrid’ Experiments Drive NIF Toward Ignition

Part 2: The record shot was part of a series of high-yield big-radius implosion design experiments coupling the best of previous experiments with rapidly advancing diagnostic and modeling technology. Read more...

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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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November 2, 2021

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Magnetic Flux Generation in ICF Implosions

LLNL researchers now have a better understanding of how strong the magnetic fields are during an inertial confinement fusion implosion at NIF. Read more...

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NIF&PS Scientists Earn Early, Mid-Career Honors

LLNL’s seventh-annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition Program included five scientists whose work has made a significant impact on NIF & Photon Science research. Read more...

October 18, 2021

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LLNL Research Chipped into Latest Mobile Phones

The microprocessors at the heart of an increasing number of the world’s newest mobile phones and PCs were made possible in part by LLNL research spanning the last three decades. Read more...

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Data-Driven Approaches to Key NIF Diagnostics

Su-Ann Chong’s meticulous organization and impressive work experience made the NIF&PS Summer Scholar an excellent match to work on neutron detection and modeling projects. Read more...

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Three LLNL Scientists Honored as APS Fellows

NIF&PS physicists Tammy Ma and Tilo Döppner and Physical and Life Sciences physicist Xueqiao Xu have been named 2021 fellows of the American Physical Society. Read more...

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Gold Monoliths Lighter Than Air

LLNL researchers collaborated with target fabrication scientists to test storing, transporting, and mounting lighter-than-air gold aerogel “foam’ on targets at NIF. Read more...

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Optical Components for World’s Newest Telescope

NIF’s state-of-the-art optical assembly building played a role in the making of the last shipment of optical filters for world’s newest telescope in the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Read more...

September 28, 2021

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Fusion ‘Star Builders’ Book Features NIF

NIF is featured prominently in a new book about fusion energy “star builders.” The book’s author calls NIF’s recent experiment that brought researchers to the threshold of ignition “momentous.” Read more...

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Student Excels as NIF&PS Summer Scholar

Priyanka Nagasamudra was fascinated when LLNL scientist Laura Kegelmeyer spoke to her Dublin High School class about NIF. Her work as a NIF intern has impressed Kegelmeyer, who became her mentor. Read more...

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Focusing on Fast Flows in Thermonuclear Fusion

LLNL researchers conducting experiments at NIF to investigate a “low-mode” laser asymmetry that was significantly degrading performance showed it’s possible to reduce asymmetries and increase performance. Read more...

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Lab Garners Five Tech Commercialization Grants

A technology originally conceived as a way to improve the beam quality for NIF’s adaptive optics is one of five LLNL projects to secure DOE Technology Commercialization Fund grants. Read more...

September 22, 2021

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George Miller Receives John S. Foster Medal

LLNL Director Emeritus George Miller, who helped lead NIF during a key period of the facility’s construction, has been named the 2021 recipient of the John S. Foster Medal for his contributions to U.S. national security. Read more...

September 8, 2021

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How Tantalum Behaves at High Pressure

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 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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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...

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