August 28, 2017
Perfecting the spider’s art to support NIF targets
Materials scientist Xavier Lepro can’t grow his “spider webs” fast enough to swing from skyscrapers like Spiderman, but he can best another web-maker, Mother Nature, when it comes to consistency.
August 22, 2017
Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets like Neptune
In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists observed “diamond rain” for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to form solid diamonds that sink slowly down further into the interior.
August 18, 2017
NIF’s night Owls: Where the wild things are
From sunset to sunrise, while others slumber, the “Owls” of the National Ignition Facility nurture the world’s most energetic laser through some of its most productive hours.
August 7, 2017
Scientists probe the conditions of stellar interiors to measure nuclear reactions
Experiments on NIF enable the first thermonuclear measurements of nuclear reaction cross-sections in high-energy-density plasma conditions that are equivalent to the burning cores of giant stars.
August 1, 2017
LLNL finds reason behind defects in 3D printing
High-speed images of a common laser-based metal 3D printing process, coupled with newly updated computer models, have revealed the mechanisms behind material redistribution, a phenomenon that leads to defects in printed metal parts, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers reported.
July 26, 2017
Summer scholar purifies water with fibers
It all started for Mariana Lanzarini-Lopes as an undergraduate, cracking coconuts in the West Indies, seeing the effects of dysentery while working in a hospital in Africa and engineering a solar-powered refrigerator to keep medicine safe in Indian villages. This was the path that led the doctoral student in environmental engineering to join the fight to solve one of the planet’s greatest problems—sustainability of clean water.
July 21, 2017
Lab, Osaka University expand collaboration
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Japan’s Osaka University have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct academic exchange in mutually agreed areas of basic science and technology.
July 18, 2017
Plasma physicist earns excellence award
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Andrew MacKinnon has been awarded the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics.
July 12, 2017
Lab scientist takes stage at World Economic Forum’s annual ‘meeting of the champions’
The global spotlight was on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Tammy Ma when she took the stage at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, recently held in Dalian, China.
June 27, 2017
Lab engineer named veteran of the year
Assemblywoman Catherine Baker has recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineer Destiny Goddu as the 16th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year
June 19, 2017
Félicie Albert receives APS award
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Felicie Albert received the 2017 Katherine E. Weimer Award by the American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics.
June 16, 2017
Probing the possibility of life on ‘super-Earths’
With the discovery of thousands of planets beyond the solar system known as exoplanets, scientists are eager to learn if rocky “super-Earths,” up to 10 times more massive than Earth, might also be able to harbor life.
May 30, 2017
Optical Society of America honors Craig Siders
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Craig Siders has been named a senior member of the Optical Society of America, an international society for optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders.
May 25, 2017
NIF technology could revolutionize 3D printing
A technology originally developed to smooth out and pattern high-powered laser beams for the National Ignition Facility can be used to 3D print metal objects faster than ever before, according to a new study by Lawrence Livermore researchers.
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.