Posts tagged with "Lasers"


Lab researcher elected fellow of Optical Society

Oct. 18, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researcher John Heebner has been elected a fellow of The Optical Society of America ( OSA ). Heebner was cited for his "numerous innovations, achievements and technical leadership in high-energy laser systems and integrated optics including nonlinear...

Plasma optic combines lasers into superbeam

Oct. 16, 2017 -  
Since its introduction in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” the Death Star has remained one of science fiction’s most iconic figures. The image of Alderaan’s destruction at the hands of the Death Star’s superlaser is burned into the memory of millions of fans. Scientists and laser experts have maintained...

Lab physicist Félicie Albert receives 2017 Edouard Fabre Prize for laser contributions

Oct. 6, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ’s Félicie Albert was awarded the 2017 Edouard Fabre Prize for her contributions to the physics of laser-driven inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and laser-produced plasmas. Albert, an experimental plasma physicist at the National Ignition Facility ( NIF ),...

Perfecting the spider’s art to support NIF targets

Aug. 28, 2017 -  
Materials scientist Xavier Lepró can’t grow his “spider webs” fast enough to swing from skyscrapers like Spiderman, but he can best another web-maker, Mother Nature, when it comes to consistency. Lepró helped pioneer the spinning of spider-silk-like yarns for use in suspending target capsules...

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...