NIF’s spring Facility Maintenance and Reconfiguration (FM&R) period, which began on March 23, was successfully completed on April 8. More than 150 tasks, including the installation of the Scattered Light Time-history Diagnostic (SLTD) gate valves and first unit, were completed. These new diagnostics will measure scattered light in multiple directions in the Target Chamber during direct-drive experiments.
Other tasks included installation of the gate valve for a third neutron imaging system that will allow imaging from three nearly orthogonal views for 3D reconstruction of neutron images; installation and commissioning of a new Final Optics Damage Inspection System camera called FODI2; and a major Integrated Computer Control System software release and manual regression test.
LLNL researchers use powerful, state-of-the-art tools, like the National Ignition Facility, to gather scientific detail from every conceivable angle—from larger than life to the atomic scale. Imagery captured from these tools, whether it’s one of the world’s fastest supercomputers or the world’s largest and highest-energy laser, offers a unique interplay between science and art and proves that art is more than paint on canvas, ink on paper, or carved wood or stone.
A new exhibit dubbed “The Art of Science” at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater offers a look at some of that imagery, captured by the Lab’ scientists, engineers, researchers, photographers, and graphic artists. The show takes place in the theater› gallery at 2400 First Street in Livermore.
Many of the images on display are meant for their technical utility—scientists and engineers use these depictions to answer vital questions that enable the Lab to fulfill its missions in national security, additive manufacturing, high energy density physics, counterterrorism, energy sciences, and more. Yet the works chosen for “The Art of Science” are just as captivating for their aesthetic quality as their scientific detail. The result? Science that is not stodgy, and art that illuminates the path to the future.
“The Art of Science” will be on display at the Bankhead gallery through April 30. Also on display, in the Founder’s Room just to the left of the lobby, is a collection of intricate 3D photography by the Lab’s Kirk Sylvester, who works as a training coordinator in the Security Organization.
For gallery hours, contact the Bankhead at (925) 373-6800 or visit the Website.