NIF experiments show initial gain in fusion fuel

Feb. 19, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Ignition -- the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel -- has long been considered the "holy grail" of inertial confinement fusion science. A key step along the path to ignition is to have "fuel gains" greater than unity, where the energy generated through fusion reactions exceeds the amount of energy...

New X-ray analysis method opens the door to researching an elusive class of proteins

Feb. 13, 2014- 
An international team of researchers has demonstrated a new method for studying the structure of proteins that could lead to important advances in biology and other fields. For the first time, protein crystals have been studied in two dimensions at room temperature with X-rays, using a new technique that could open the door for scientists to learn more about an important class of proteins...

NIF experimental campaign highlighted by Physical Review Letters

Feb. 10, 2014- 
Demonstrating the controlled fusing of deuterium and tritium (hydrogen isotopes), such that more energy is produced than is used to create the fusions, is one of the stated goals of the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Two papers published Feb. 5 in Physical Review Letters describe the "high-foot" series of experiments begun last spring, which bring NIF closer to achieving this goal. In "Des...

Lawrence Livermore scientist selected as SPIE Fellow

Feb. 6, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Steve Payne was recently selected as a fellow of SPIE, an international professional society for optics and photonics.Payne, an active SPIE participant since the mid-1980s, is the group leader for sensor materials and measurements in the Lab's Materials Sciences Division and is the associate program leader for...

Lawrence Livermore announces significant step in the construction of a next-generation ultra-high power laser system

Feb. 4, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. --Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has awarded a major subcontract to FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH (based in Vienna, Austria) as part of the construction of a revolutionary high-power laser system for the European ELI-Beamlines science facility in the Czech Republic. LLNL is constructing the "High Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System" (HAPLS) for the...

Journal cover features Lawrence Livermore's intense laser interaction simulation research

Feb. 3, 2014- 
Research from the Lab'sFrederic Perez, Andreas Kemp, Laurent Divol, Cliff Chen and Prav Patel is featured on the cover of the Dec. 13 2013 issue of Physical Review Letters.For several decades, physicists have used lasers of very high power, such as at LLNL's Jupiter Laser Facility, to create extreme states of matter. By focusing such lasers to a beam as narrow as a few microns (smaller than a...

Media Advisory: Lawrence Livermore to announce significant step in the construction of next-generation laser system

Feb. 3, 2014- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Femtolasers will announce a new partnership.WHAT: Following an international competitive tender, LLNL will announce Femtolasers as the winning bidder for supply of a cutting-edge short pulse front-end, which will seed the High Repetition Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser system (HAPLS), currently under development for the Extreme Light...

Journal cover features Lawrence Livermore's intense laser interaction simulation research

Feb. 3, 2014- 
Research from the Lab'sFrederic Perez, Andreas Kemp, Laurent Divol, Cliff Chen and Prav Patel is featured on the cover of the Dec. 13 2013 issue of Physical Review Letters.For several decades, physicists have used lasers of very high power, such as at LLNL's Jupiter Laser Facility, to create extreme states of matter. By focusing such lasers to a beam as narrow as a few microns (smaller than a...

Lawrence Livermore researchers demonstrate high-energy betatron X-rays

Dec. 17, 2013- 
A Lawrence Livermore team, along with researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has recently produced some of the highest energy betatron X-rays ever demonstrated, with the added benefit of being produced on a system the size of a large tabletop. Betatron X-ray radiation, produced when relativistic electrons are accelerated and...

Two Lawrence Livermore researchers named 2013 APS fellows

Nov. 5, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2013 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).John Moody, acting group leader for hohlraum energetics/optical diagnostics in the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program, was cited in the plasma physics category for "pioneering experiments contributing to understanding propagation, scattering,...

LLNL sustainability efforts recognized by NNSA

Oct. 24, 2013- 
Three of Lawrence Livermore's sustainability projects have been recognized by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with 2013 Sustainability Awards.The awards recognize exemplary individual and team performance in advancing sustainability objectives through innovative and effective programs and projects that increase energy, water and fleet efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases...

Edward Moses to lead Fusion Ignition Science and Applications research effort -- Jeff Wisoff appointed acting principal associate director of NIF & Photon Science

Oct. 1, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Edward Moses, the principal associate director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, will be taking a new position to lead a two-year effort to explore the science and applications of ignition, including the commercial prospects for laser inertial fusion energy. In this role, Moses will bring together academia, national and...

Edward Moses to lead Fusion Ignition Science and Applications research effort -- Jeff Wisoff appointed acting principal associate director of NIF & Photon Science

Oct. 1, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Edward Moses, the principal associate director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, will be taking a new position to lead a two-year effort to explore the science and applications of ignition, including the commercial prospects for laser inertial fusion energy. In this role, Moses will bring together academia, national and...

Lawrence Livermore to build advanced laser system in Czech Republic

Sept. 17, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), through Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS), has been awarded more than $45 million to develop and deliver a state-of-the-art laser system for the European Union's Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility ( ELI-Beamlines ), under construction in Dolni Brezany near Prague in the Czech Republic.Funds were...

Lawrence Livermore to build advanced laser system in Czech Republic

Sept. 17, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), through Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS), has been awarded more than $45 million to develop and deliver a state-of-the-art laser system for the European Union's Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility ( ELI-Beamlines ), under construction in Dolni Brezany near Prague in the Czech Republic.Funds were...

Lawrence Livermore to build advanced laser system in Czech Republic

Sept. 17, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), through Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS), has been awarded more than $45 million to develop and deliver a state-of-the-art laser system for the European Union's Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility ( ELI-Beamlines ), under construction in Dolni Brezany near Prague in the Czech Republic.Funds were...

Laser fusion experiment yields record energy at LLNL's National Ignition Facility

Aug. 26, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- In the early morning hours of Aug.13, Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3x10 15 , or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy -- approximately three times NIF...

Laser fusion experiment yields record energy at LLNL's National Ignition Facility

Aug. 26, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- In the early morning hours of Aug.13, Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3x10 15 , or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy -- approximately three times NIF...

Lab researchers achieve record pressure for solid iron

Aug. 9, 2013- 
Iron is the most abundant element in Earth's core and the sixth most abundant element in the universe. As a key component of terrestrial planets and exoplanets, iron has been one of the most studied materials under extreme conditions.In a series of campaigns led by the Lab's Yuan Ping using the OMEGA laser at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester,...

Lab researchers achieve record pressure for solid iron

Aug. 9, 2013- 
Iron is the most abundant element in Earth's core and the sixth most abundant element in the universe. As a key component of terrestrial planets and exoplanets, iron has been one of the most studied materials under extreme conditions.In a series of campaigns led by the Lab's Yuan Ping using the OMEGA laser at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester,...