Posts tagged with "Lasers"

NIF

Crash-proof virtual flying through NIF

Apr. 28, 2017 -  
In apparent defiance of the laws of physics, LLNL design engineer Paul Bloom leads flying tours through the National Ignition Facility from only three feet off the ground. As creator of the NIF virtual reality (VR) program, Bloom routinely allows engineers, scientists and technicians to soar...
Radiation Control Technicians

Rad to the bone: Meet NIF's rad control technicians

Apr. 26, 2017 -  
It is 6:30 a.m. when Myrna Gutierrez and Judy Zarco suit up inside the National Ignition Facility (NIF) to begin their 13-hour shift. As radiation control technicians (RCTs), they will maintain the safety of a 10-story building the size of three football fields housing the world's largest, most...
the Betatron X-ray Team

A new way to examine space, bugs and bones

Apr. 25, 2017 -  
A novel way to harness lasers and plasmas may give researchers new ways to explore outer space and to examine bugs, tumors and bones back on planet Earth. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Felicie Albert led an international team pursuing this new regime in laser research,...
GDS Inspection

Lab scientists develop next-generation NIF optics to boost energy and limit damage

Apr. 6, 2017 -  
A new anti-reflective coating and a novel chemical process for laser optics, developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, represents an important breakthrough in its effort to boost the energy of the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) 192 giant lasers, and cut the cost of...

Engineer wins scholarship for women veterans

Mar. 23, 2017 -  
U.S. Marine veteran Destiny Goddu has spent her whole life working with machines. As a young girl growing up in Livermore, she helped her father, a mechanic, disassemble and rebuild car engines and tinkered with auto parts in the family garage. After joining the Marines, she worked on missile...

The softer side of NIF hohlraums

Mar. 17, 2017 -  
Considering that nothing precious comes from an online retailer without protective padding, could precision laser targets also benefit from similar high-tech swaddling? So far the answer is yes, for a group of scientists developing new target technologies for NIF that are intended to neutralize...
NIF

National Ignition Facility's dual-purpose positioner is proving its worth

Feb. 16, 2017 -  
While multitasking may be easy for some people (and perhaps hard for others), it can be a particular challenge for the highly specialized equipment used to carry out experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). But TanDM, NIF's new Target and Diagnostic Manipulator, is designed to do just...
Innovation Development Fund

Fund aids commercialization efforts

Feb. 14, 2017 -  
For three Lab engineers, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) commercialization fund has proven to be an oasis of assistance as they have sought to cross the legendary technology "valley of death." In technology transfer circles, there is a phase -- between when a technology is promising...
HAPLS

LLNL meets key milestone for delivery of world’s highest average power petawatt laser system

Feb. 2, 2017 -  
The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), being developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laborator y (LLNL), recently completed a significant milestone: demonstration of continuous operation of an all diode-pumped, high-energy femtosecond petawatt laser system. With...

Recreating conditions inside stars in the laboratory with compact lasers

Jan. 17, 2017 -  
Using compact lasers, a team including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has created pressures more than a billion atmospheres, equivalent to the pressure in the center of a star. These conditions of extreme pressure and energy density have previously been created in the...