Posts tagged with "Lasers"


Researchers reveal new electron ring formations

Aug. 11, 2015 -  
Laser wakefield acceleration, a process where electron acceleration is driven by high-powered lasers, is well-known for being able to produce high-energy beams of electrons in tabletop-scale distances. However, in recent experiments, a team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...

LLNL tops Physics of Plasma’s most-cited list

July 30, 2015 -  
Physics of Plasmas ( PoP ), a peer-reviewed journal publishing original experimental and theoretical contributions in plasma physics, recently released a list of the most-cited papers for January-June 2015. Out of the 30 most-cited papers on the list, the top five had lead authors from Lawrence...

LLNL scientist awarded 2015 Fabre Prize

June 25, 2015 -  
Pierre Michel, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been awarded the 2015 Edouard Fabre Prize for his pioneering research into energy transfer between crossing laser beams in National Ignition Facility (NIF) hohlraums. Named for one of the founders of inertial...

Dante: Measuring NIF’s inferno

June 10, 2015 -  
The smooth blue sphere of the National Ignition Facility 's (NIF) target chamber bristles with diagnostics — nuclear, optical and X-ray instruments that together provide some 300 channels for experimental data. These diagnostics provide vital information to help NIF scientists understand how well...
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Supplying the ‘life-blood’ of science

May 29, 2015 -  
Located one-and-a-half floors underground in LLNL's Bldg. 151, the Nuclear Counting Facility (NCF) leverages its well-shielded, low-background environment to accurately measure nuclear materials for the National ignition Facility (NIF) and a variety of other Laboratory programs. The NCF has been...
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Lawrence Livermore scientists move one step closer to mimicking gamma-ray bursts

May 27, 2015 -  
Using ever more energetic lasers, Lawrence Livermore researchers have produced a record high number of electron-positron pairs, opening exciting opportunities to study extreme astrophysical processes, such as black holes and gamma-ray bursts. By performing experiments using three laser systems —...
For article The art of hand-polishing precision optics

The art of hand-polishing precision optics

May 22, 2015 -  
Growing up in a household of artists and engineers, Peter Thelin was destined for a career in which artistry mattered. Only for him, art has come in the form of manipulating the shapes, sizes and qualities of optics . And now, as one of the few remaining practitioners of hand-polishing optics,...

Climbing the mountain of fusion ignition: an interview with Omar Hurricane

May 14, 2015 -  
LLNL Distinguished Scientist Omar Hurricane, chief scientist for the Laboratory’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program, is at the forefront of the drive to achieve nuclear fusion with energy gain for the first time in a laboratory. In a wide-ranging interview with NIF & Photon Science News...