Science & Technology Review focuses on new energy source

July 13, 2011- 
The July/August 2011 issue of Science & Technology Review is now online . This issue's feature article, "Igniting Our Energy Future," reports on how Livermore researchers are forging a commercial pathway for a revolutionary power plant called LIFE to help the nation meet the increasing demand for safe, clean and sustainable electricity. A second feature highlight's five Tier-1 Grand...

LLNL set to host International Lattice Physics Conference

July 7, 2011- 
Next week, nearly 400 scientists from around the world will converge at the pristine mountains near Lake Tahoe to discuss all aspects of physics related to the fundamental particles of nature, quarks and gluons that form the matter we observe within our visible universe. They also will discuss the physics of new particles that may be discovered at the Large Hadron Collider and could explain...

From the stars to nuclear forensics

July 5, 2011- 
Using an instrument originally developed to probe the minute amounts of stellar dust found in meteorites, Kim Knight has developed a technique to analyze raw materials to determine the fallout from a nuclear explosion. Called Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry or RIMS, Knight and LLNL colleague Ian Hutcheon, along with collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory and University of...

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the Lab

June 28, 2011- 
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom visited the Laboratory Tuesday afternoon for tours and briefings. After an overview, Newsom listened to presentations about the Industrial Partnerships Office, the Livermore Valley Open Campus, high performance computing, 21st century energy projects and educational outreach. He also toured the Terascale Simulation Facility and the National Ignition Facility.

LLNL scientists and engineers capture two awards for top industrial innovations

June 22, 2011- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have captured two awards for developing cutting-edge technologies with commercial potential. A team of LLNL computer scientists and a team of engineers have won awards from the trade journal R&D Magazine for developing advances among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide for 2010. One of the teams worked with two universities...

New form of girl's best friend is lighter than ever

May 17, 2011- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- By combining high pressure with high temperature, Livermore researchers have created a nanocyrstalline diamond aerogel that could improve the optics for something as big as a telescope or as small as the lenses in eyeglasses. Aerogels are a class of materials that exhibit the lowest density, thermal conductivity, refractive index and sound velocity of any bulk solid...

Lab showcases energy research at annual gathering of American Association for Advancement of Science

Feb. 11, 2011- 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will showcase its work in energy research when the American Association for the Advancement of Science holds its annual gathering, Feb. 17-21, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This year's theme, "Science Without Borders," integrates interdisciplinary science -- both across research and teaching -- that utilizes...

Four LLNL researchers selected 2010 APS fellows

Jan. 5, 2011- 
L IVERMORE, Calif. -- Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2010 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Less than half of a percent of the APS members are fellows. It is a distinct honor because the evaluation process, conducted by the fellowship committees of individual divisions, topical groups and forums, relies on nomination and...

World's largest laser sets records for neutron yield and laser energy

Nov. 8, 2010- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. --  The National Nuclear Security Administration's National Ignition Facility (NIF) has set world records for neutron yield from laser-driven fusion fuel capsules and laser energy delivered to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) targets. NIF researchers will report on these and other recent experimental results this week at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society...

National Ignition Facility wins prestigious 2010 project of the year award

Oct. 11, 2010- 
LIVERMORE, CA - Citing groundbreaking technical achievement and exemplary management, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the first laser expected to achieve fusion ignition in a laboratory setting, has been awarded the Project Management Institute's (PMI's) 2010 Project of the Year. The award, presented Saturday during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., recognizes the year's...

NNSA and LLNL announce first successful integrated experiment at NIF

Oct. 6, 2010- 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently completed its first integrated ignition experiment. In the test, the 192-beam laser system fired 1 megajoule of laser energy into its first cryogenically layered capsule, raising the drive energy by a factor...

NIF's Gina Bonanno inducted into Women's Hall of Fame

April 24, 2009- 
LIVERMORE — It’s not easy for a woman to succeed in the field of laser physics. But Alameda County’s Women’s Hall of Fame is sure that the career of LLNL’s Gina Bonanno is a successful one.This weekend, Bonanno will be inducted into the county’s Women’s Hall of Fame as the top nominee in the Science category.Bonanno has been a trailblazer at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) for the past...