Frustraum hohlraum design is shaping up

Dec. 2, 2019- 
Hohlraums shaped like cylinders have been the workhorse of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research for three decades. But now an angular hohlraum named “Frustraum” could become a key to the next stages of ICF research at the National Ignition Facility. The LLNL-designed Frustraum could enable a significant boost in the amount of laser-induced energy absorbed by an ICF fuel capsule, an...

New TOP500 List unveiled: Sierra stays No. 2 with six other LLNL supercomputers in top 100

Nov. 18, 2019- 
The latest TOP500 List of the world's most powerful computers was released today at the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) in Denver. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL's) IBM/NVIDIA Sierra supercomputer held steady at the No. 2 spot, one of seven Lab systems to crack the top 100, including a brand...

NIH looks to Lab to help develop chlamydia vaccine

Oct. 24, 2019- 
A cooperative research center that aims to develop vaccines for chlamydia has been established by the National Institutes of Health at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The new center, to be funded under a five-year, $10.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will be a three-way partnership between LLNL and researchers from two...

Artist wins award for ‘Best Comic Design’

Oct. 17, 2019- 
Artist John Jett of the NIF & Photon Science Document Services Team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was honored with a special Adobe Government Creativity Award for creating an educational comic book explaining the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and the types of careers that support the operation of the world’s largest and most energetic laser. Judges awarded the comic book with...

Six Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Sept. 19, 2019- 
Six Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff (DMTS) for their extraordinary scientific and technical contributions to the Laboratory and its missions, as acknowledged by their professional peers and the larger community. Chris Carson of the Global Security Directorate, Larry Fried of the Materials Science Division of...

Energy Department, Weill Foundation sign MOU to advance AI for biomedicine, health research

Aug. 27, 2019- 
At an event held Monday at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Sandy Weill, founder of the Weill Family Foundation, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formally initiate a public-private partnership for artificial intelligence (AI), neurological disorders and related subjects. The partnership will apply DOE-fueled AI capabilities to...

'Quantum annealer' shows promise in study

Aug. 21, 2019- 
An international team of researchers, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Arjun Gambhir, has developed a new algorithm for solving polynomial systems of equations using a type of quantum computer called a "quantum annealer." The team systematically examined how this method scales when facing increasingly difficult mathematical equations, with promising results....

Three Lawrence Livermore scientists named senior members of the Optical Society

July 9, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Félicie Albert, Eyal Feigenbaum and Bruce Warner have been named senior members of the Optical Society (OSA), an international organization for optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. Senior membership status recognizes members with more than 10 years of professional experience in optics or an optics...

Two-week workshop lets UC Merced students step into shoes of Lab computer scientists

June 12, 2019- 
University of California Merced student Asmaa Mohamed, who immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt in 2013, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in developmental biology. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D. through Dartmouth College and is studying immunology in hopes of someday creating novel cancer immunotherapies. When Mohamed found out Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) would be...

Ellen Tauscher, LLNS Board of Governors chair and former congresswoman, dies at 67

April 30, 2019- 
Former California Rep. Ellen O’Kane Tauscher — a centrist Democrat whose career took her from the New York Stock Exchange to Congress and then to negotiating major international nuclear arms treaties for the Obama administration — died Monday of complications from pneumonia at Stanford University Medical Center. She was 67. Tauscher had been serving as chair of the Board of Governors of Lawr...

LLNL hosts DOE's 2019 Better Plants Technology Days to spur industry partnerships

April 15, 2019- 
Officials from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) joined representatives from more than two dozen private companies in visiting Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on April 9 for the 2019 Better Plants Technology Days. The annual event, hosted this year at LLNL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is aimed at exposing partners...

Tammy Ma named 'Woman of the Year'

March 14, 2019- 
Tammy Ma, an experimental plasma physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been named Woman of the Year for the 16th Assembly District by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. "I am extremely pleased to announce Dr. Tammy Ma as my Woman of the Year for Assembly District 16.  A Pleasanton resident and first-generation American, Dr. Ma is strongly committed to education and...

A Nobel story -- from grad school to fairy tale

Feb. 11, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a reputation for developing world-leading lasers, ranging from the NOVA Petawatt to today’s ultra-high-peak-power laser systems, such as the Advanced Radiographic Capability and the High-repetition-rate Advanced Petawatt Laser. What these systems have in common is a foundational technology – chirped-pulse amplification (CPA), which enables the...

LLNL tackles second annual battle of the nerds

Jan. 31, 2019- 
In the battle for nerd supremacy, only one team could rise to the top – and that team was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Lazer Cats. On Jan. 26, players from four teams — the Lazer Cats, Facebook’s Cache Money, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s SLAC Attack and Sandia National Laboratories’ Ballistic Thunderbirds — converged at Livermore High School’s field for Nerd Bowl...

Lawrence Livermore's 2018: the year in review

Jan. 11, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) month-by-month highlights from 2018 are available online in the "2018 Year in Review" edition of Newsline. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and Technology, People, Operations and Awards and Recognition. The "2018 Year in Review" will appear electronically; there will be no print edition. The web-based format offers the...

Laboratory researchers recognized for accomplishments in early and mid-career

Sept. 5, 2018- 
Fifteen Lab scientists and engineers have been named to Lawrence Livermore's (LLNL) fourth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition (EMCR) Program. The EMCR Program recognizes scientific and technical accomplishments, leadership and future promise demonstrated by LLNL scientists and engineers in their early to mid-careers — from five to 20 years since they received their most recent degree....

Energy Secretary honors Lab scientist's contributions to stockpile stewardship

Aug. 30, 2018- 
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) chemist Bill McLean with a Secretary’s Achievment Award Wednesday in recognition of "pioneering technical contributions that have led to significant advancements in science-based stockpile stewardship."   The Secretary’s Honor Awards are bestowed on individuals who have a singular accomplishment that...

Five researchers named to '40 Under 40' list

Aug. 29, 2018- 
Five Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers join an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, writers, executives, philanthropists and more on Diablo Magazine’s annual "40 Under 40" list, which recognizes young professionals in the East Bay who are leading the charge in their fields. Louisa Pickworth, an experimental physicist and group leader in the Physics Division, works on X...

Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Aug. 22, 2018- 
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have been named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff (DMTS) for their extraordinary scientific and technical contributions to the Laboratory and its missions, as acknowledged by their professional peers and the larger community. Peter Beiersdorfer and Paul Springer of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Robert Falgout...

LLNL-led team expands forensic method to identify people using proteins from bones

May 21, 2018- 
When a team of researchers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) developed a new biological identification method that exploits information encoded in proteins, they thought it could have multiple applications. Nearly two years later, they’ve turned out to be right. In September 2016, LLNL scientists announced they had developed a science-based, statistically validated way to...