Posts tagged with "Lasers"

sun

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...
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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...
World Economic Forum

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...
Earth

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...
Craig Siders

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...
3D

NIF technology could revolutionize 3D printing

May. 25, 2017 -  
A technology originally developed to smooth out and pattern high-powered laser beams for the National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) can be used to 3D print metal objects faster than ever before, according to a new study by Lawrence Livermore researchers. A team of Lab scientists report the findings in...
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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 Félicie Albert led an international team pursuing this new regime in laser research,...