Posts tagged with "Lasers"

Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets like Neptune

Aug. 22, 2017 -  
In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists observed "diamond rain" for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to...

NIF’s night Owls: Where the wild things are

Aug. 18, 2017 -  
From sunset to sunrise, while others slumber, the "Owls" of the National Ignition Facility nurture the world's most energetic laser through some of its most productive hours. On this particular summer night, Shot Director Steve Weaver is the Owl Shift leader of 16 scientists, engineers and...

Scientists probe the conditions of stellar interiors to measure nuclear reactions

Aug. 7, 2017 -  
Most of the nuclear reactions that drive the nucleosynthesis of the elements in our universe occur in very extreme stellar plasma conditions. This intense environment found in the deep interiors of stars has made it nearly impossible for scientists to perform nuclear measurements in these...

Summer scholar purifies water with fibers

Jul. 26, 2017 -  
It all started for Mariana Lanzarini-Lopes as an undergraduate, cracking coconuts in the West Indies, seeing the effects of dysentery while working in a hospital in Africa and engineering a solar-powered refrigerator to keep medicine safe in Indian villages. This was the path that led the doctoral...

Plasma physicist earns excellence award

Jul. 18, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Andrew MacKinnon has been awarded the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society 's Division of Plasma Physics. The annual award recognizes a specific outstanding achievement in plasma physics...
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Lab scientist takes stage at World Economic Forum's annual 'meeting of the champions'

Jul. 12, 2017 -  
The global spotlight was on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) physicist Tammy Ma when she took the stage at the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions, recently held in Dalian, China. The theme of this year's meeting was "Achieving Inclusive Growth in the...

Probing the possibility of life on 'super-Earths'

Jun. 16, 2017 -  
Along with its aesthetic function of helping create the glorious Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, the powerful magnetic field surrounding our planet has a fairly important practical value as well: It makes life possible. By deflecting harmful charged particles from the sun and the cosmic rays...
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Optical Society of America honors Craig Siders

May. 30, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Craig Siders has been named a senior member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), an international society for optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. Senior membership status recognizes members with more...