June 13, 2018
NIF achieves record double fusion yield
An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility has achieved a total fusion neutron yield of 1.9e16 (1.9x1016) and 54 KJ of fusion energy output—double the previous record.
May 9, 2018
Experiments shed new light on supernovae
Experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility are providing scientists with new insights into the turbulent after-effects of a supernova explosion. The studies also could inform efforts to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion on NIF and other high-energy laser systems.
April 30, 2018
Lasers, photonics and powerful partnerships
The world’s most energetic laser sits in a secure, guarded federal laboratory, but its impact stretches far beyond the one-square-mile site of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Since the outset, technologies developed or improved at the Laboratory have led to industry-defining partnerships and products that make millions of Americans’ lives better every day.
April 25, 2018
Record experiments probe exoplanetary cores
Using high-powered laser beams, iron-silicon alloys have been compressed to unprecedented pressures corresponding to the center of a three-Earth-mass extrasolar planet. The resulting measurements of crystal structure and density provide new insights into the nature of the deep interiors of the large, Earth-like planets that have been discovered throughout our galaxy.
April 16, 2018
Ramp compression of iron provides insight into core conditions of large rocky exoplanets
A team of researchers has provided the first experimentally based mass-radius relationship for a hypothetical pure iron planet at super-Earth core conditions.
April 12, 2018
A powerful new source of high-energy protons
An international team of researchers used the National Ignition Facility’s petawatt-class Advanced Radiographic Capability to begin developing a powerful new source of protons to study the extreme conditions deep inside the planets and the stars, enhance targeted tumor therapy and advance the frontiers of high energy density science.
April 10, 2018
Tour guides put NIF’s best foot forward
By the end of 2017, the total number of people exposed first-hand to NIF’s world-class technology and achievements by participating in official facility tours grew to 82,336. These visits were made possible by the work of dozens of NIF volunteer tour guides, who take time out from their busy schedules to spread the word about NIF’s science and missions.
March 29, 2018
Lab scientists successfully print glass optics
For the first time, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have successfully 3D-printed optical-quality glasses, on par with commercial glass products currently available on the market.
February 5, 2018
First experimental evidence for superionic ice
In a paper published today by Nature Physics, a research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Rochester provides experimental evidence for superionic conduction in water ice at planetary interior conditions.
January 4, 2018
Lab physicist wins Lifetime Achievement award
Charles Orth, who has served as a physicist with Lawrence Livermore NationaI Laboratory for more than 40 years, was presented with the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by the publication Marquis Who’s Who.