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NIF Hosts Workshop for International ICF Laser Operators

Sept. 21, 2022- 
Big milestones such as NIF reaching the threshold of ignition become possible through the work of operations personnel at the world’s major laser research facilities.

APS Honors Burning Plasma Team

Sept. 16, 2022- 
The research team that successfully achieved a burning plasma state in November 2020 and February 2021 at NIF was awarded the 2022 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society (APS).

This giant laser can simulate a planet’s core

Sept. 7, 2022- 
A video by Vox and the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures highlights how NIF is helping scientists explore the “secret inner lives of planets.”

LLNL Hosts HBCU Students, Faculty in Week-Long Outreach Program

Sept. 7, 2022- 
LLNL hosted a group of students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for a week in June to promote internships, job opportunities, and career paths at LLNL.

LLNL’s New Diffraction Gratings Will Enable the World’s Most Powerful Laser

Sept. 7, 2022- 
LLNL researchers and their collaborators have developed new high-energy pulse compression gratings that will be used in the world’s highest-power laser system, designed to deliver up to 10 petawatts (quadrillion watts) of peak power.

Livermore Astronaut Mural Encourages People to ‘Dream Big’

Sept. 7, 2022- 
At the age of 10, Larry Lagin already knew he wanted to become a scientist—and his inspiration was NASA’s space program.

NIF’s Master Oscillator Room Upgrade Completes Key Milestone

Aug. 24, 2022- 
The National Ignition Facility’s Master Oscillator Room (MOR)—the so-called “heart of the laser”—recently completed a three-year modernization project with a prominent, state-of-the-art feature being its support of direct-drive, Flexible Color Mapping (FlexCM) experiments.

Researchers Design a Compact High-Power Laser Using Plasma Optics

Aug. 18, 2022- 
LLNL researchers have designed a compact multi-petawatt laser that uses plasma transmission gratings to overcome the power limitations of conventional solid-state optical gratings. The design could enable construction of an ultrafast laser up to 1,000 times more powerful than existing lasers of the same size.

NIF Celebrates 50 Years of Laser Innovation

Aug. 16, 2022- 
The NIF & Photon Science Directorate celebrated last month’s 50th anniversary of LLNL’s consolidated laser program by inviting a laser pioneer to reminisce about its beginnings and two present-day experts to look toward a promising and exciting future.

Automated Software Optimized NIF Shot Efficiency, Versatility

Aug. 11, 2022- 
For NIF experiments, the goal is not just to measure the interaction between the target and the laser beams. Researchers also need to understand what’s happening to the material in the target and how it changes over time.

Beaming with Excellence

Aug. 11, 2022- 
In 2021, Lawrence Livermore researchers and colleagues from collaborating institutions working at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) added another stitch to this tapestry. After millennia of looking up at the stars, humankind now stands at the threshold of replicating one.

Three Peer-Reviewed Papers Highlight Scientific Results of NIF’s Record Shot

Aug. 8, 2022- 
The scientific results of NIF’s record experiment that achieved a record fusion energy yield of more than 1.3 megajoules (MJ) were published in three peer-reviewed papers, one in Physical Review Letters and two in Physical Review E.

Lab researchers win top award for machine learning-based approach to ICF experiments

Aug. 4, 2022- 
The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) announced a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team as the winner of its 2022 Transactions on Plasma Science (TPS) Best Paper Award for their work applying machine learning to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments.

Safety Society Honors NIF’s Tom Kohut

July 26, 2022- 
The American Society of Safety Professionals, San Francisco Chapter, has awarded Tom Kohut, a NIF operations manager, with the organization’s “Managers Who Get Safety” award.

LLNL Physicist Debbie Callahan Receives Fusion Leadership Award

July 25, 2022- 
The Fusion Power Associates (FPA) Board of Directors has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Debbie Callahan as a recipient of its 2022 Leadership Award for her work designing targets for the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

DPAL Team on a Mission to Build a New Diode-Pumped Laser Technology

July 21, 2022- 
The dedicated scientists, researchers, engineers, and technicians who work on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s unique diode-pumped alkali laser (DPAL) technology have garnered high praise over the years.

50 Years of LLNL Lasers

July 21, 2022- 
In this video, Jeff Wisoff, Principal Associate Director of the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate, celebrates 50 years of laser leadership at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

DOE Workshop Examines Inertial Fusion Energy Research Needs

July 13, 2022- 
More than 300 inertial fusion energy (IFE) researchers and supporters gathered June 21-23 in a virtual workshop designed to explore the science, technology, and investments needed to realize IFE’s potential as a source of safe, clean energy in the coming decades.

Spider-Inspired Technology Inside the World’s Most Energetic Laser

July 13, 2022- 
Video: Fusion experiments at NIF rely on extreme precision and symmetry. This is especially true in target fabrication, considered one of the “Seven Wonders of NIF,” where components must be machined to scales as small as 1/1,000th the width of a human hair.

NIF Welcomes 100,000th Visitor

July 12, 2022- 
When the 100,000th visitor to the National Ignition Facility walked through the door last month, there were no bells or whistles. But it was a monumental moment.