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Video: What is Fusion Ignition

Dec. 12, 2023- 
In this edition of LLNL’s Inside the Lab video series, science communicator Maren Hunsberger explains what fusion ignition is, how it happened at NIF, and why is it important. Read more...

Ignition at NIF Makes Google’s Most Searched List

Dec. 12, 2023- 
What do Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and LLNL have in common? We’re all on Google’s list of most searched for figures and moments. We appear at the 1:53 mark of this 25 years of Google Search video: View video...

LLNL-Led Team Receives DOE Award to Establish Inertial Fusion Energy Hub

Dec. 7, 2023- 
The Energy Department awarded a four-year, $16 million project to a multi-institutional team led by LLNL to accelerate IFE science and technology. This effort will be carried out by a newly established hub named STARFIRE.

Physics World Honors LLNL’s Ignition Breakthrough

Dec. 7, 2023- 
LLNL’s fusion ignition achievement at NIF earned an honorable mention on Physics World’s 2023 Top 10 scientific breakthroughs list for work performed late last year after the publication picked its 2022 winners. Read more...

LLNL’s NIF Delivers Record Laser Energy

Nov. 16, 2023- 
On Oct. 30, LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) set a new record for laser energy, firing 2.2 megajoules (MJ) of energy for the first time on an ignition target.

Engineering Divisions Provide Expertise to Support Fusion Energy’s Future

Nov. 16, 2023- 
LLNL's National Security Engineering Division and Defense Technologies Engineering Division have long histories of providing infrastructure for NIF's operations.

NIF: An Engineering Marvel

Nov. 16, 2023- 
With 7,500 large optics, 26,000 small optics, and more than 66,000 control points, NIF is a remarkable engineering and technology success story.

NIF’s Jeff Wisoff and Jean-Michel Di Nicola Elected Optica Fellows

Nov. 14, 2023- 
Peter J.K. (Jeff) Wisoff, principal associate director of LLNL’s NIF and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, and Jean-Michel Di Nicola, co-program director for the NIF&PS Laser Science & Technology and Systems Engineering organization, have been selected as fellows of Optica (formerly OSA).

Ibo Matthews, Frank Graziani Named American Physical Society Fellows

Oct. 31, 2023- 
LLNL’s Manyalibo (Ibo) Matthews, who began his Livermore career helping mitigate optics damage on NIF, and Frank Graziani, who works to foster academic collaborations in high energy density (HED) research which often relies on NIF, have been selected as 2023 American Physical Society (APS) fellows.

LLNL hosts thousands of enthusiastic explorers for Open House 2023

Oct. 31, 2023- 
Thousands of guests eager to see the place where the world's first ignition reaction occurred lined up for tours during an LLNL open house for family and friends of LLNL employees.

LLNL-led Project to Advance Muon-Based Imaging in DARPA-Funded Initiative

Oct. 26, 2023- 
Naturally occurring subatomic particles called muons can help us see inside places like the Great Pyramid of Giza. Now LLNL has partnered with industry and academic partners to rapidly generate muons using lasers.

Young leaders learn from Nobel Laureates at Science and Technology in Society Forum

Oct. 24, 2023- 
Early-career staff scientists Kelli Humbird, Chris Young and Brian Giera connected with Nobel Laureates and discussed important global issues ranging from AI to climate change at the 20th annual meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto, Japan.

STEM San Joaquin Conference celebrates 31 years

Oct. 19, 2023- 
The STEM San Joaquin Conference, formerly known as San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons, invited students grades 6-12 for its annual event

In a First, LLNL Researchers Create Birefringent All-Glass Metasurface

Oct. 18, 2023- 
LLNL researchers have adapted their novel metasurface process, which creates a thin layer on the surface of an optic, to create an all-glass metasurface with birefringence, or dual refraction, properties. This achievement could transform waveplate technology for high-power laser systems such as NIF.

LLNL Hosts HBCU Students, Faculty to Build New Pipeline of Talent

Oct. 12, 2023- 
For the second consecutive year, LLNL hosted a group of student scholars and faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on a recent five-day visit.

Nuclear Fusion and the Future of Energy

Oct. 12, 2023- 
LLNL Director Kim Budil discussed the Lab’s Dec. 5, 2022 achievement of ignition at NIF with the Council on Foreign Relations. The discussion is moderated by Carolyn Kissane, associate dean and clinical professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.

LLNL Experimental Physicist Awarded 2023 Fabre Prize

Oct. 4, 2023- 
LLNL physicist Alex Zylstra has been awarded the 2023 Edouard Fabre Prize for his experimental leadership of the milestone “Hybrid-E” campaign that achieved fusion ignition at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

Physicist Otto “Nino” Landen Receives Prestigious Edward Teller Award

Oct. 4, 2023- 
Otto “Nino” Landen, a distinguished member of the technical staff and the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been awarded the 2023 Edward Teller Medal.

Understanding the Plasticity of Diamond for Improved Fusion Ignition

Sept. 20, 2023- 
Alex Li, an LLNL summer student in the Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute, recently led a study to investigate the evolution of plasticity in diamond.

Two Lab Physicists Named SPIE Senior Members

Sept. 20, 2023- 
LLNL’s Wren Carr and Peter DeVore have been elected as senior members of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.