Lawrence Livermore’s pressing operations with high explosives reach new milestones

Sept. 20, 2021- 
High explosive (HE) research, development, test and evaluation work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continues to meet the needs of the nation on behalf of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). One specific effort is the HE pressing capability, which is a critical component of the LLNL’s national security mission. The scope of the Lab’s HE mission...

Diagnostic capability allows scientists to create X-ray movies

Sept. 1, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are working on a new diagnostic capability that will provide, for the first time, the ability to make X-ray radiographic movies. The first experiment testing the principle, dubbed the Bipolar Reset Experiment (BIRX), was conducted at LLNL’s Flash X-Ray (FXR) deep-penetration radiographic facility at Site 300. The team has been...

LLNL earn 'A' grade in OPCW biomedical proficiency test

Aug. 10, 2021- 
It wasn’t an easy road, but Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Forensic Science Center scientists earned an “A” grade in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) recent biomedical proficiency test. In addition to the usual complexity of the sample preparations and analysis, the Livermore scientists received their proficiency test samples a week late...

LLNL hosts Test Site Verification Team orientation

Aug. 6, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hosted an in-person orientation meeting recently for members of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Test Site Verification Team (TSVT). TSVT is sponsored by NNSA’s Office of Nuclear Verification (ONV) Nuclear Compliance Verification (NCV) Program. The TSVT is led by Kim Knight from LLNL and Emily Schultz-Fellenz from Los...

LLNL's Forensic Science Center earns 'A' grade in OPCW environmental test

Aug. 5, 2021- 
This fall, a score of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Forensic Science Center (FSC) will start two weeks of long days to undertake the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) environmental proficiency test. Livermore scientists have been taking the proficiency tests each October since 2001, with LLNL serving as one of two United States...

LLNL delivers eight Scorpius pulsed-power modules to Los Alamos

July 29, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently delivered eight prototype pulsed-power modules for testing to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), marking completion of a key milestone in a multi-lab effort to develop Scorpius, a next-generation particle accelerator for X-ray imaging. The line replaceable units (LRU) will provide the precise energy pulses needed to accelerate...

LLNL and KCNSC team up to accelerate design-to-deployment with new polymer production enclave

July 27, 2021- 
A polymer production enclave, in partnership with the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is on budget and on schedule to bring modern technology into the Nuclear Security Enterprise. The enclave will enable rapid development of design and production processes of polymer parts for modernization programs. This enclave is part...

Nuclear forensics international group holds 25th anniversary meeting

July 22, 2021- 
Several Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists played key roles in the 25th annual meeting of the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG), which met last month. The event, which was conducted in a virtual setting for the first time, was attended by more than 100 experts from 30 countries and highlighted the group’s notable contributions to...

Lawrence Livermore team looks at nuclear weapon effects for near-surface detonations

June 7, 2021- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has taken a closer look at how nuclear weapon blasts close to the Earth’s surface create complications in their effects and apparent yields. Attempts to correlate data from events with low heights of burst revealed a need to improve the theoretical treatment of strong blast waves rebounding from hard surfaces. This led to an extension...

LLNL’s Cross receives Meritorious Civilian Service Award

April 28, 2021- 
Chris Cross, deputy associate program leader for Weapons and Complex Integration’s (WCI) Strategic Partnership Programs, has received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army for his time on the Army Science Board (ASB). He received the award for his service as a member of a 5th Generation Combat Vehicle and related 2040 Battlefield study from August 2018 to...

Scientists put additive manufactured foams to the test

March 25, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists recently published the results of a three-week experimental campaign at the Lab’s Jupiter Laser Facility to test the performance of laser-heated additive manufactured foams. The project helps support two major Laboratory focus areas, including helping to advance additive manufacturing and by enabling improvements in performance...

Lab-designed instrumentation onboard unarmed missile

March 8, 2021- 
A joint test assembly (JTA) designed by Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories was recently onboard an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. See the video. The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the safety, security, effectiveness and...

LLNL’s Tringe provides final OK for Minuteman launch

March 8, 2021- 
Col. Joe Tringe, a group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and an Air Force reservist, served as the final decision authority during the recent successful unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. See the video. As launch decision authority, Tringe worked closely with the mission director from the...

Tarver honored with American Physical Society award

Feb. 24, 2021- 
Craig Tarver, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) retiree and consultant to the Lab’s Energetic Materials Center, has been honored with the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2021 George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award for “theoretical advancement of the understanding of shock-driven reactions and detonation in condensed phase explosives.” Since 1987, the award —...

LLNL weapon engineers, biologists deliver critical samples to identify skin proteins left on IEDs

Feb. 17, 2021- 
Following a terrorist bombing, can the bomb maker be identified by skin proteins left on the bomb components they handled? To address this question, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) personnel from Weapons Complex Integration (WCI) and Global Security (GS) Forensic Science and Biosecurity Centers (FSC/BSC) subjected notional bomb components handled by LLNL volunteers to...

Kim Budil selected as director of Lawrence Livermore

Jan. 28, 2021- 
Kim Budil has been named director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Charlene Zettel, chair of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), made the announcement to Laboratory employees Jan. 28. Budil will begin her new role on March 2. Appointed with...

Lab teams earn DOE Secretary Achievement Awards

Jan. 27, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, participating in 10 project teams, recently earned Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Achievement Awards. Representing some of the highest internal, non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive, these awards recognize DOE employees and contractors for their service and contributions to the department’s...

Lab's ACT-UP awards focus on collaborative research

Jan. 12, 2021- 
With a focus on increasing joint research efforts between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and universities, the Lab’s Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Academic Collaboration Team (ACT) University Program has awarded this year’s ACT-UP awards. Now in its second year, the ACT-UP awards were created to encourage and advance strategic partnerships among universities with a...

Work resumes in support of stockpile modernization

June 3, 2020- 
The effort to resume hands-on work in support of stockpile modernization programs reached a major milestone May 7 with the successful execution of a focused experiment at the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The experiment is the first using high explosives at the Laboratory since Alameda County issued a shelter-in-place order...

Budil shares ‘unconventional lessons’ in new book

Feb. 6, 2020- 
Kim Budil, principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is one of 36 scientists and engineers to be featured in a new book titled, “Find Your Path: Unconventional Lessons from 36 Leading Scientists and Engineers.” The book offers personal accounts of challenges, struggles, successes, U-turns and satisfactions encountered in...