The NIF and Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) User Groups hosted a joint meeting from Sunday, February 8, 2015, through Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in Livermore, CA. The meeting described NIF’s and JLF’s capabilities to current and potential users and included presentations about capabilities and recent experiments.
The 192-beam National Ignition Facility (NIF) is the world’s most energetic inertial confinement fusion (ICF) facility. The NIF laser’s unprecedented power, precision, and reproducibility, coupled with more than 50 available diagnostics and sophisticated target fabrication capability, enable a wide range of leading-edge scientific experiments. Initial experiments in areas such as materials science, nucleosynthesis, and astrophysical shocks have been conducted. See lasers.llnl.gov.
The Jupiter Laser Facility at LLNL consists of several laser systems with diverse capabilities. Laser time at Jupiter is provided through an open, competitive peer-review process. Users come from more than 70 institutions worldwide and more than 140 of Jupiter’s 500 users are students. See jlf.llnl.gov.