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LLNL’s Annie Kritcher named to TIME100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world

April 13, 2023- 
Time has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) design physicist Andrea “Annie” Kritcher to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The TIME100, now in its 20th year, recognizes the “impact, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.”

Beyond Diamond: Seeking An Elusive Phase of Carbon

April 13, 2023- 
Carbon, an essential ingredient of life on Earth, is a shapeshifter. The extreme strength of carbon-carbon bonds enables the material to take on many different structural forms, called phases or allotropes, at ambient temperatures and pressures. Examples range from the familiar, such as graphite and diamond, to more exotic forms like zero-dimensional fullerenes, 1-D nanotubes, 2-D graphene...

National Academies Report on HED Science Includes LLNL Contributions

April 12, 2023- 
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report that identifies key challenges and questions facing the field of high energy density (HED) science and facilities like NIF during the upcoming decade.

Diagnostics Were Crucial to LLNL’s Historic Ignition Shot

April 12, 2023- 
Part 7 of “The Age of Ignition,” a NIF & Photon Science News Special Report describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility’s fusion breakthrough

Regional leaders honor fusion ignition team for game-changing innovation

April 10, 2023- 
A collective of regional business and civic leaders in the Tri-Valley has honored LLNL’s fusion ignition team members for their “game-changing” breakthrough.

Computing Codes, Simulations Helped Make Ignition Possible

April 6, 2023- 
Part 6 of “The Age of Ignition,” a NIF & Photon Science News Special Report describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility’s fusion breakthrough

NIF’s Optics Meet the Demands of Increased Laser Energy

March 29, 2023- 
Part 5 of “The Age of Ignition,” a NIF & Photon Science News Special Report describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility’s fusion breakthrough

NIF’s Fusion Ignition Shot a ‘Hot Topic’ at SPIE Photonics West

March 23, 2023- 
A standing-room-only crowd at the recent SPIE Photonics West convention listened raptly to a presentation about LLNL’s long road to fusion ignition on Dec. 5, 2022.

Laser Focused: Power and Finesse Drove NIF’s Fusion Ignition Success

March 23, 2023- 
To achieve fusion ignition on Dec. 5, 2022, the National Ignition Facility (NIF)’s laser system needed to operate flawlessly at both ends of the performance spectrum, delivering immense energies while controlling the energy balance across all 192 laser beams with extreme precision.

Computational Engineering is key to ignition success

March 16, 2023- 
In a room illuminated by blinking lights and glowing monitors, more than 2,000 synchronized computers are triggered to run 5 million lines of code.

Ignition Experiment Advances Stockpile Stewardship Mission

March 9, 2023- 
Part 3 of “The Age of Ignition,” a NIF & Photon Science News Special Report describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility’s fusion breakthrough

LLNL’s ‘BAT Laser’ R&D Delivers Big Results

March 9, 2023- 
LLNL’s research and development of the Big Aperture Thulium (BAT) laser has been living up to its name, delivering big results in a small package.

Laser shots at National Ignition Facility could spark additional discoveries in astrophysics

March 7, 2023- 
In December, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made headlines worldwide. Scientists at the NIF performed the first nuclear fusion experiment in which the energy produced from fusion exceeded the amount of energy directly applied to the fuel to ignite it.

IAEA Webinar Explores NIF’s Ignition and Energy Gain Breakthroughs

March 6, 2023- 
The Dec. 5, 2022, NIF experiment that achieved scientific break-even and fusion energy gain for the first time in a laboratory showed that there are no “mystery physics obstacles” standing in the way of producing as much or more energy from a fusion reaction than the energy needed to drive the reaction.

Gordon Brunton Named NIF Director

March 1, 2023- 
Gordon Brunton came to NIF and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) while taking a six-month sabbatical from his previous job and stayed because of the Lab’s “unique environment.” Now, almost 19 years later, Brunton has been named the new director of NIF.

Designing for Ignition: Precise Changes Yield Historic Results

March 1, 2023- 
Part 2 of “The Age of Ignition,” a NIF & Photon Science News Special Report describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility’s fusion breakthrough

Innovations that enabled LLNL’s fusion ignition breakthrough

Feb. 23, 2023- 
In December 2022, the Laboratory celebrated a first-of-its kind accomplishment—fusion ignition at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s most energetic laser system.

Star Power: Blazing the Path to Fusion Ignition

Feb. 23, 2023- 
Part 1 of “The Age of Ignition,” a NIF & Photon Science News Special Report describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility’s fusion breakthrough

Couple Goes Deep for Underwater Adventures

Feb. 23, 2023- 
When they need to get away from it all, Bruno and Korbie Le Galloudec have a special place to escape to. It’s beautiful, filled with wondrous creatures and serene.

Five Lab teams recognized with Secretary’s Honor Achievement Awards

Feb. 8, 2023- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, participating in five project teams, recently earned Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary’s Honor Achievement Awards.