Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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.