Posts tagged with "Lasers"


Tom Epperly: A software architect starts early

Feb. 13, 2019 -  
For Tom Epperly, writing software is both a lifelong avocation and a hobby. So, working on a major redesign of NIF ’s Virtual Beam Line (VBL) code is a dream come true. As the software architect of the VBL++ project, he is part of the team responsible for reimplementing the older Java-based VBL...

LLNL, universities form HED science alliance

Feb. 4, 2019 -  
High-energy density (HED) science is foundational to the nationally important research conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) — yet few universities offer programs geared for the study of matter and energy under extreme conditions. And even fewer offer such courses for...

Two-micron fill tubes fill two needs

Dec. 12, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) and General Atomics engineers have created an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) fuel capsule with a 2-micron-diameter fill tube — and along the way, found a solution to a “Bay Bridge”-like dilemma that could have...

NIF experiments support warhead life extension

Dec. 6, 2018 -  
It was a normal morning for design physicist Madison Martin at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ). At 7:45 a.m., she settled into her classified workstation with a cup of tea to check the results of a numerical calculation she ran overnight. If the calculations proved correct, the...
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Guide star leads to sharper astronomical images

Dec. 4, 2018 -  
The laser guide star revolutionized astronomy by revealing large swaths of the sky that had previously been unseen from Earth due to atmospheric distortions. Now astronomy is on the verge of another great leap forward. The Extremely Large Telescope, which is expected to see first light in 2024,...

Clark wins Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

Nov. 13, 2018 -  
Daniel Clark, leader of NIF’s Capsule Modeling Working Group within LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program, has been named the winner of the 2018 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics. The annual award is presented by AIP ( American Institute of Physics ) Publishing, in...
For article Oracle honors NIF’s Adams for IT leadership

Oracle honors NIF’s Adams for IT leadership

Oct. 31, 2018 -  
Philip Adams, chief technical officer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF), has been recognized with a 2018 Oracle Excellence Award . The annual program recognizes customers and partners for exceptional use of Oracle solutions to accelerate innovation...
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Nobelist Strickland’s invention helped spark LLNL’s short-pulse laser breakthroughs

Oct. 4, 2018 -  
The Nobel Prize-winning research by Donna Strickland, a former staff scientist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ( LLNL’s ) Laser Programs Directorate, was instrumental in the Laboratory’s development of a series of groundbreaking short-pulse, high-energy laser systems over the past two...
For article Learning to love science from gazing at planets

Learning to love science from gazing at planets

Aug. 27, 2018 -  
The moment Louisa Pickworth saw the rings of Saturn through her father’s backyard telescope, she knew she wanted to become a scientist to learn “more and more and more.” Today, Pickworth, 32, is one of LLNL’s heralded young physicists for her work developing cutting-edge X-ray diagnostics to help...
For article Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

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...