Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



December 13, 2017

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Science & Technology

A Time-Resolved High-Resolution X-ray Spectrometer for NIF

An unusual collaboration among U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories pursuing different approaches to nuclear fusion has produced the first time-resolved high-resolution x-ray spectrometer for use in NIF inertial confinement fusion and high energy density experiments. Read more...


NIF Target With Bent Fill Tube

Working to Tame Disturbances in the NIF Force

A NIF team is experimenting with bent fill tubes to better diagnose and understand the importance of the fill tube to implosion performance, with the ultimate goal of increasing NIF’s neutron yield. Read more...
Photocathode Development Team

X-ray Detector Efficiency Boost Wins R&D 100 Award

Technology that improves high-energy efficiency in x-ray detectors has been named one of the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide for 2017 by R&D Magazine. Read more...
Robert Plummer

Engineering a Better Way to Power the World

A NIF tour was all it took for engineer Robert Plummer to decide this was the place he wanted to be to pursue his personal Holy Grail: nuclear fusion. Read more...
Technicians Update Filter

Maintaining the NIF Facility

Technicians replace the photomultipliers in the filter-fluorescer hard x-ray diagnostic, or FFLEX, during the December 2017 NIF facility maintenance and reconfiguration (FM&R) period. More than 160 tasks were performed over the nine-day period. Read more...