Posts tagged with "Lasers"


Studying effects of target ‘tents’ on NIF

Mar. 5, 2015 -  
A systematic study of the effects on National Ignition Facility (NIF) implosions of the ultra-thin mounting membranes that support target capsules inside NIF hohlraums was reported by LLNL researchers in a Physics of Plasmas paper, published online Feb. 4. The performance of NIF’s inertial...

Providing data for nuclear detectives

Mar. 3, 2015 -  
Fans of the popular TV series “CSI” know that the forensics experts who investigate crime scenes are looking for answers to three key questions: “Who did it; how did they do it; and can we stop them from doing it again?” The field of nuclear forensics, an important element of LLNL’s national...
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New research re-creates planet formation, super-Earths and giant planets in the laboratory

Jan. 22, 2015 -  
New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenting the material properties that determined planet formation and evolution processes. The experiments...
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Lawrence Scholar, physicist awarded prestigious Newton International Fellowship

Jan. 21, 2015 -  
Matthew Levy, a Lawrence Scholar in the Physics Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been awarded the prestigious Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society of the United Kingdom (UK). The highly competitive fellowship program makes 40 awards per year across all...

Peering into cosmic magnetic fields

Jan. 21, 2015 -  
The generation of cosmic magnetic fields has long intrigued astrophysicists. Since it was first described in 1959, a phenomenon known as Weibel filamentation instability -- a plasma instability present in homogeneous or nearly homogeneous electromagnetic plasmas -- has generated tremendous...

Former Lab scientist honored for contributions to laser peening

Dec. 26, 2014 -  
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Industrial Partnerships Office recently honored former Lab scientist Luis Zapata for his contribution to a technology known as laser peening. Zapata received the Excellence in Technology Commercialization Award, which recognizes his outstanding technical...
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Top 10 science and technology stories of 2014

Dec. 17, 2014 -  
In 2014, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) built on a 62-year tradition of translating basic science into technologies that ensure national security, address pressing real world problems and expand the boundaries of fundamental science. The top stories of the year are a reflection of...
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Physics World names National Ignition Facility fuel gain top 10 breakthrough of the year

Dec. 15, 2014 -  
Physics World , an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics , has named the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top 10 breakthroughs of the year. Ignition — the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of...