Posts tagged with "Lasers"

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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...
Donna Strickland

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...

Summer scholars learn value of team science

Aug. 17, 2018 -  
A group of NIF & Photon Science summer scholars and visiting graduate students are experiencing the value of teamwork as they conduct experiments at LLNL’s Jupiter Laser Facility ( JLF ). Jesus Hinojosa, 26, a University of Michigan graduate student, and Matthew Thibodeau, 21, a Rice University...

National Ignition Facility reveals how hydrogen becomes metallic inside gas giant planets

Aug. 16, 2018 -  
Swirling dense metallic hydrogen dominates the interiors of Jupiter, Saturn and many extra-solar planets. Building precise models of these giant planets requires an accurate description of the transition of pressurized hydrogen into this metallic substance — a long-standing scientific challenge. In...

Researchers work to advance understanding of hydrodynamic instabilities in NIF, astrophysics

July 16, 2018 -  
In a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) “Special Feature” paper published online June 26, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL) and University of Michigan researchers reported on recent experiments and techniques designed to improve understanding and control of...

NIF sets new laser energy record

July 10, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s ( LLNL ) National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) laser system has set a new record, firing 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy to its target chamber -- a 15 percent improvement over NIF’s design specification of 1.8 MJ, and more than 10 percent higher than the...