Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

May 8, 2017
Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers, including two who work on the National Ignition Facility, have been named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff (DMTS) for their extraordinary scientific and technical contributions to the Laboratory and its missions.

May 2, 2017
Lab breakthrough in 3D printing of glass
A new 3D printing technique developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory could allow scientists to print glass that incorporates different refractive indices in a single flat optic, making finishing cheaper and easier.

April 28, 2017
Crash-proof virtual flying through NIF
In apparent defiance of the laws of physics, LLNL design engineer Paul Bloom leads flying tours through the National Ignition Facility from only three feet off the ground.

April 26, 2017
Rad to the bone: Meet NIF’s rad control technicians
Judy Zarco and Myrna Gutierrez took advantage of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s legacy of encouraging continuing education to get the necessary degrees and training to advance their careers at the Lab. As radiation control technicians, they help maintain safety at the National Ignition Facility.

April 25, 2017
A new way to examine space, bugs and bones
A novel way to harness lasers and plasmas may give researchers new ways to explore outer space and to examine bugs, tumors and bones back on planet Earth.

April 6, 2017
Lab scientists develop next-generation NIF optics to boost energy and limit damage
A new anti-reflective coating and a novel chemical process for laser optics developed by LLNL researchers represents an important breakthrough in its effort to boost the energy of NIF’s 192 giant lasers, and cut the cost of repairing or replacing damaged optics vital to its operation.

March 23, 2017
Engineer wins scholarship for women veterans
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Destiny Goddu, who builds x-ray sources that verify diagnostic operations prior to being fielded on NIF, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship for women veterans in science,technology, engineering and math (STEM).

March 17, 2017
The softer side of NIF hohlraums
Scientists are developing new target technologies for NIF that are intended to neutralize what they believe is one of the bigger challenges to achieving ignition.

February 16, 2017
National Ignition Facility’s dual-purpose positioner is proving its worth
TanDM, NIF’s new Target and Diagnostic Manipulator, is proving itself more than up to the job of performing as a target positioner for NIF shots. During the coming months, it also will be commissioned for positioning diagnostics.

February 2, 2017
LLNL meets key milestone for delivery of world’s highest average power petawatt laser system
The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System being developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently completed a significant milestone: demonstration of continuous operation of an all diode-pumped, high-energy femtosecond petawatt laser system.

January 13, 2017
Introducing Ryan Sacks
LLNL postdoc Ryan Sacks does research centering on mix in National Ignition Facility capsules.