Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



September 16, 2020

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NIF & PS People


Félicie Albert Elected NAS Kavli Fellow

Félicie Albert, staff scientist at NIF & Photon Science and the Joint High Energy Density Sciences organization, has been elected a Kavli Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Read more...


September 3, 2020

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World’s Largest Computer Chip Opens New AI Doors for NIF

The world’s largest computer chip will kick open new experimental doors for the world’s largest and most energetic laser system.
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August 27, 2020

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New Data Shows 3D Asymmetries in ICF Implosions

Data correlating two factors that lead to implosion asymmetries have brought LLNL scientists a step closer to understanding the gap between simulations and performance of ICF experiments at NIF. Read more...

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New Research on Atom-Changing Pressures

HED scientists from LLNL helped launch the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures to better understand the physical and astrophysical properties of matter under pressures strong enough to change the structure of individual atoms. Read more...

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Celebrating a Successful HED Science Career

When NIF’s Warren Hsing rode off into retirement, friends and colleagues came together virtually to celebrate his successful career as an international leader of the high energy density science community.
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August 12, 2020

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Icarus Camera Soars Close to NIF’s Sun—and Thrives!

Unlike its ill-fated namesake from Greek mythology, the Icarus camera system is flying high at NIF and other research laboratories, with no end to its usefulness in sight. Read more...

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NIF’s Richard Leach Elected Senior Member of SPIE

LLNL research engineer Richard Leach, whose work includes automating the alignment of NIF’s lasers, was recently elected a senior member of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Read more...

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The Shape of Things to Come

Science & Technology Review takes a look at how scientists turned their attention to changing hohlraum shapes to further improve target performance. Read more...


August 5, 2020

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EOS Measurements Shed Light on Stellar Evolution

As reported in Nature, the laser power of NIF helped researchers at LLNL and an international team of collaborators develop an experimental capability for measuring basic properties of matter at the highest pressures achieved in a controlled laboratory experiment. Read more...

Steven Ross, Hye-Sook Park, Dmitri Ryutov

Scientists Honored for Plasma Research at NIF

The American Physical Society honored three LLNL scientists with the 2020 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, recognizing nearly a decade of work in laboratory astrophysics at NIF and other premier high energy laser facilities. Read more...


July 29, 2020

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Scientists Encouraged by Frustraum Experiments

Initial NIF experiments using a full-scale version of the Frustraum hohlraum have produced nearly round ICF implosions and greater energy absorption. Read more...


July 22, 2020


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DOE Honors HED Scientist With Early Career Award

Physicist Federica Coppari, whose work on large laser facilities like NIF helped lead to the discovery of the atomic structure of superionic ice, was one of two LLNL scientists honored with an Early Career Research Program award. Read more...

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Video: How Ramp Compression Works

NIF researchers put the extreme squeeze on critical materials machined to exacting specifications. In a video, physicist Dayne Fratanduono explains how it’s done. Read more...


July 9, 2020

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Lab BioSafety Officer Adapts to Pandemic

For 10 years, Carolyn Hall’s job has been about keeping the “bugs” inside laboratories. But at the start of this year, everything changed.
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Experimental Setup Could Boost Fusion Research

A team of researchers has developed a new experimental setup that could offer insights into the formation and evolution of planetary systems and guide NIF scientists hoping to harness nuclear fusion, which produces conditions similar to those in our sun. Read more...


July 8, 2020

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Plasma Science Report Highlights NIF

A plasma science report highlighted NIF’s progress toward fusion ignition and its contributions to stockpile stewardship and plasma physics research in the past decade. Read more...


July 4, 2020

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Video: Thank You From NIF & Photon Science

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, we want to take a moment to thank all of you—our amazing workforce as well as our partners and colleagues around the world—for your energy, adaptability, and perseverance during this unprecedented time. Read more...


June 25, 2020

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Deep Learning Surrogate Model Advances at NIF

New research says surrogate models supported by neural networks can perform as well as computationally expensive simulators, leading to new insights into complicated physics problems such as inertial confinement fusion. Read more...

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Measuring Supernova Magnetic Fields

LLNL scientists detailed the first quantitative measurements of the processes responsible for the formation of collisionless shocks, phenomena observed in the expansion of supernova explosions.
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June 11, 2020

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Experiments at NIF Mimic Supernova Shock Waves

An international team of scientists from institutions including SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and LLNL have devised a new way to study the inner workings of astrophysical shock waves. Read more...


June 4, 2020

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New Antireflective Metasurface

LLNL scientists have discovered a new method to add an antireflective metasurface layer on laser optics glass. The layer’s so durable, it can survive getting “smooshed.” Read more...

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NIF’s TARDIS Featured in Review of Scientific Instruments

A paper describing the design and performance of a workhorse NIF experimental platform known as TARDIS (target diffraction in situ) was a featured in the journal Review of Scientific Instruments. Read more...

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Light Experiments at Home With a Laser Physicist

LLNL laser physicist Félicie Albert demonstrates a fun science experiment you can do at home to learn about a cool property of light called refraction. She also shares her journey to NIF.
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A Look Back: NIF Experiments Peer Into Giant Planets

We look back to 2014 when a Nature cover story reported on the first time LLNL scientists experimentally recreated conditions that exist deep inside giant planets, such as Jupiter and Saturn. Read more...

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