Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


May 16, 2019
New, Unique Form Of ‘Superionic Hot Ice’ Discovered On Earth
Anything is possible while we have scientists on our planet. And the recent discovery led by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, proves that statement. (Mashable)

May 12, 2019
A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe
The discovery of superionic ice potentially solves the puzzle of what giant icy planets like Uranus and Neptune are made of. They’re now thought to have gaseous, mixed-chemical outer shells, a liquid layer of ionized water below that, a solid layer of superionic ice comprising the bulk of their interiors, and rocky centers. (Wired)

May 10, 2019
Powerful Lasers Produce Wild New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist Inside Uranus
Scientists used high-energy lasers to create a new phase of ice unlike any seen on Earth before—but which might exist deep within Neptune and Uranus. (Gizmodo)

May 10, 2019
Progress towards achieving fusion ignition at NIF
A new article describes recent progress as well as what still needs to happen to achieve fusion ignition at the National Ignition Facility. (AIP Scilight)

May 8, 2019
Scientists Flash-Freeze Water To Create Superionic Ice Half As Hot As The Sun
For the first time in history, scientists are able to generate hot "superionic ice" that's unlike any other type of ice on Earth. (Tech Times)

May 8, 2019
Behold the mayo: Experiments reveal ‘instability threshold’ of elastic-plastic material
Arindam Banerjee, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University, studies the dynamics of materials in extreme environments. He and his team have built several devices to effectively investigate the dynamics of fluids and other materials under the influence of high acceleration and centrifugal force. (Science Daily)

May 7, 2019
Matheny: Armed with Experience
In March 2007, nuclear engineering senior Jason Matheny read an article about plans for the National Ignition Facility. Matheny was serving in the Army, but reading this story sparked his interest in nuclear science, and he sought a way to learn more. (University of Tennessee News)

April 19, 2019
Bobbing Shells Key to Future NIF Targets
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team of physicists and target engineers has reached an important goal with a new technique for electroplating copper and gold to create tiny, smoothly spherical inertial confinement fusion (ICF) target shells. (Science & Technology Research News)

April 11, 2019
New device in Z machine measures power for nuclear fusion
If you’re chasing the elusive goal of nuclear fusion and think you need a bigger reactor to do the job, you first might want to know precisely how much input energy emerging from the wall plug is making it to the heart of your machine. (

April 9, 2019
Ultrashort-pulse laser method could improve industrial laser processing
By using ultrashort laser pulses, a team of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has found an efficient mechanism for laser ablation that could help pave the way to the use of lower-energy, less costly lasers in many industrial laser processing applications. (Industrial Laser Solutions for Manufacturing)

April 8, 2019
Confirmed: New phase of matter is solid and liquid at the same time
A team of physicists used a type of artificial intelligence to confirm the existence of a bizarre new state of matter. The machine learning technique the team developed could be useful in modeling the behavior of other substances, says Marius Millot, who studies material under extreme conditions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (National Geograpic)

April 8, 2019
New Technique Improves Laser-material Interaction
Using ultrashort laser pulses lasting a few picoseconds (trillionths of a second), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have discovered an efficient mechanism for laser ablation (material removal) that could help pave the way to the use of lower-energy, less costly lasers in many industrial laser processing applications. (R&D Magazine)

April 8, 2019
LLNL develops new method to improve laser-material interaction
Using ultrashort laser pulses lasting a few picoseconds, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have discovered an efficient mechanism for laser ablation, which they say could pave the way toward the use of lower-energy, less costly lasers in many industrial laser processing applications. (

April 6, 2019
Girls' STEM Conference a success at Princeton University
The keynote speaker, Tammy Ma, told the students that she wanted to be a scientist as a young girl. She initially wanted to be an astronaut, but she decided that she really liked school. “I decided to go to graduate school at the University of California at San Diego and get my fill of surfing. Now, I’m a physicist.” (

March 30, 2019
A Guide To Selecting Laser Protective Eyewear
A guide written by Ken Barat, CLSO, the principal consultant at Laser Safety Solutions and former Laser Safety Officer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Ignition Facility. (Photonics Online)

March 28, 2019
Young Women’s Conference in STEM seeks to change the statistics one girl at a time
Tammy Ma, a plasma physicist at the DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility, gave the keynote speech, which focused on her facility’s research into creating fusion energy to generate electricity from a process called inertial confinement fusion. (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)

March 26, 2019
In Situ with Dawn Shaughnessy
Element discoverer Dawn Shaughnessy on big science, future generations and Star Wars. “These days, I’m mainly doing nuclear reactions in plasma at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The more I get to learn about plasma physics, the more intrigued I am.” (Chemistry World)

March 22, 2019
Lawrence Livermore National Lab: The Smartest Square Mile on Earth
Visiting here is like traveling down an intellectually magnificent rabbit hole, with one bustling hub of scientific activity and experimentation leading to another. Of all the cutting-edge programs at LLNL, perhaps the most head-spinning is the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the largest laser facility ever built. (Diablo Magazine)

March 14, 2019
ELI Beamlines now open for business
The various petawatt-class laser systems at the ELI Beamlines facility near Prague bring to fruition the Nobel-winning vision of Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland. (SPIE)

February 15, 2019
From summer research program to PhD dissertation
MIT graduate student Raspberry Simpson’s scientific journey approaches fruition as she gets ready to build a charged-particle spectrometer for a group under Tammy Ma at the National Ignition Facility. (MIT News)

February 7, 2019
LLNL Tackles Second Annual Battle of the Nerds
In the battle for nerd supremacy, only one team could rise to the top—and that team was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Lazer Cats, who beat SLAC Attack 38-6 to win the Nerd Bowl II championship. (The Independent)

February 4, 2019
Laser fusion output is tripled by new computer algorithm
Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments have been improved by a new computer algorithm that analyses statistical correlations between previous results. If similar experiments were done at NIF researchers estimate that this could lead to a fusion yield of 500 kJ—several times higher than the present record, and well on the way to ignition. (Physics World)

January 24, 2019
Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe’s origins
Using simulations and calculations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted the properties of polarized thermonuclear fusion. Analogous calculations could be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the evolution of stars. (Phys.Org)