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Postdocs to Attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

April 3, 2024- 
Getting the chance to meet and mingle with scientists who have achieved Nobel Prize winning greatness will be the reality for five LLNL postdoctoral appointees, including Raspberry Simpson and Elizabeth Grace of NIF&PS.

Throwing Shade on Optics Damage

March 27, 2024- 
If the sun’s too bright, you don sunglasses to prevent glare from damaging your eyes. LLNL researchers are using this same strategy to mitigate damage to valuable optics at NIF.

Upgrading Facilities and Experiences

March 27, 2024- 
LLNL’s new Laser Induced compression for Grain scale with High Throughput (LIGHT) facility can produce the same conditions as NIF’s Direct Light Impulse testing strategy on a 1-centimeter scale.

Supercomputer Simulations of Super-Diamond Suggest a Path to Its Creation

March 22, 2024- 
Another form of carbon has been predicted to be even tougher than diamond. The challenge, which inspires ongoing Discovery Science experiments at NIF, is how to create it on Earth.

Using NIF to Study the Sluggish Pace of Star Formation

March 19, 2024- 
To search for solutions to a puzzle of why the star formation rate is declining, an international team of researchers has turned to the unprecedented capabilities of NIF.

Annie Kritcher: Tackling the Biggest Challenges

March 12, 2024- 
For LLNL physicist Annie Kritcher, the bigger the challenge, the better. Here’s how she became the principal designer on the LLNL team that achieved one of science’s biggest challenges—fusion ignition.

More Shots, More Potential for Success

March 6, 2024- 
NIF stands to gain from a Laboratory Directed Research and Development project to explore ultrawide bandgap photoconductive devices.

John Fisher: As the Wood Turns

March 6, 2024- 
As a Lab IT systems administrator, John Fisher enjoys the challenge of streamlining workflows and finding efficiencies. It’s a skill he carries over to his hobby—woodworking.

Lab employees recognized with Secretary of Energy’s Honor Awards

Feb. 29, 2024- 
The Fusion Ignition Team and a team that helped tell the world the story of that historic LLNL accomplishment at NIF were among the Lab project teams to earn Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Awards.

Tracing the Steps to LLNL’s Fusion Ignition Breakthrough

Feb. 5, 2024- 
The inside story of how LLNL ICF researchers solved physics and engineering challenges to achieve target energy gain is told in a comprehensive Reviews of Modern Physics article.

LLNL’s Breakthrough Ignition Experiment Highlighted in Physical Review Letters

Feb. 5, 2024- 
Physical Review Letters (PRL) published one of the first peer-reviewed papers detailing LLNL’s historic achievement of fusion ignition at NIF, with companion papers in PRL and Physical Review E.

Enhanced Yield Capability Proposal Aims to Boost NIF Yield

Jan. 29, 2024- 
Studies using recent ignition experiments indicate an upgrade to 3 MJ of laser energy at NIF could result in fusion output yields in the 30 MJ range. An early stage proposal could turn this idea into reality.

LLNL Laser Safety Officer Jamie King Named Laser Institute Fellow

Jan. 11, 2024- 
Jamie King, LLNL and NIF and Photon Science certified laser safety officer, was named a fellow of the Laser Institute, the organization’s highest level of membership.

Inside the Facility That Changed the World

Jan. 11, 2024- 
Time followed LLNL researchers for months as they worked to successfully repeat fusion ignition at NIF in the months following the first historic shot in December 2022. Read more...

Dan Casey: Applying Ignition’s Lessons to Inertial Fusion Energy

Jan. 10, 2024- 
LLNL physicist Dan Casey is leveraging the knowledge gained from the decades-long pursuit of ignition to the quest for clean, safe, and abundant inertial fusion energy.

Paul Armstrong

Jan. 10, 2024- 
By day, NIF&PS engineer Paul Armstrong heads up an advanced laser applications team. In his spare time, he guides a high school robotics team.

LLNL HBCU Week Showcases Lab Expertise, Culture, Work-Life Balance

Jan. 3, 2024- 
LLNL HBCU Week’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Lab staff presented an overview of LLNL research, culture, and career opportunities.

Who Works at NIF: The Zen of the Gem

Dec. 18, 2023- 
At work, Tayyab Suratwala leads research into grinding and polishing optics for NIF. In his free time, Suratwala immerses himself in faceting brilliant gemstones. Read more...

The Age of Ignition: Anniversary Edition

Dec. 18, 2023- 
A year after LLNL achieved fusion ignition at NIF, we have expanded our special report The Age of Ignition with more stories explaining how scientific history was made.

Probing the Temperature of Materials Under Extreme Pressure at NIF

Dec. 12, 2023- 
In new LLNL experiments at NIF, scientists measured the extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) of copper to probe its temperature under extreme pressure. The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.