May 21, 2024
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Jupiter Laser Facility Gets a Reboot

By Anne M. Stark

Fifty years ago, the first laser, Janus, was installed in Building 174 (renamed the Jupiter Laser Facility in 2006) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Additional lasers, more than 100 Ph.D.s granted time on the system and thousands of international users later, the Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) celebrated its grand reopening Thursday after a four-year refurbishment, supported by the Laboratory and the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences.

“This is your facility, a community facility, that is supported by the entire Laboratory,” said JLF Director Félicie Albert during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is a testbed for many high-energy-density science and strategic deterrence programs.” Read More...