News

NIF welcomes 100,000th visitor

July 12, 2022 - 
When the 100,000th visitor to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) walked through the door last month, there were no bells or whistles. But it was a monumental moment. “Ever since groundbreaking, NIF has attracted visitors because of its sheer size, mission and reputation as the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility,” says NIF Operations Manager Bruno Von Wonterghem. “One...

LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector at Sanford Underground Research Facility delivers its first result

July 7, 2022 - 
Deep below the Black Hills of South Dakota in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), an innovative and uniquely sensitive dark matter detector — the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) — has passed a check-out phase of startup operations and delivered its first results. In a paper posted online today on the experiment’s website...

UC Merced students work with LLNL mentors on potential new drugs to combat COVID-19

June 30, 2022 - 
Students from the University of California, Merced worked with mentors at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to identify drug compounds that could be used to treat COVID-19 during a two-week Data Science Challenge (DSC) that concluded on June 6. For the first time in the DSC series since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, Lab mentors visited the college campus to provide in...

It’s only natural: separation and purification of rare-earth elements by microorganisms

June 29, 2022 - 
Using naturally occurring and engineered proteins and bacteria, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators will separate and purify rare-earth elements so they can be used in the defense sector. Under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering Resource (EMBER) program, the team was awarded an initial $4...

3D printing allows for faster charging and higher-energy-density lithium-ion batteries

June 28, 2022 - 
The next generations of lithium-ion batteries require higher energy and power densities at a lower cost. Current battery manufacturing, based on slurry casting and coating, is struggling to further improve these key metrics. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is partnering with Ampcera Inc. to develop solvent-free Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) additive manufacturing...

Breaking the strongest chemical bonds with laser shock compression

June 27, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists recently obtained high-precision thermodynamic data on warm dense nitrogen at extreme conditions that could lead to a better understanding of the interiors of celestial objects like white dwarfs and exoplanets. The team, which includes researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Rochester, used an...

LLNL researchers chart progress in architected materials that respond to external stimuli

June 23, 2022 - 
Recent advances in pre-programmed architected materials could enable new functions that can evolve in response to their environments or external stimuli, according to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers. In a paper published by Nature Reviews Materials, LLNL researchers provide an overview of the progress made in responsive architected materials that can morph into a...

Two LLNL scientists earn E.O. Lawrence Award

June 22, 2022 - 
Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are recipients of the prestigious 2021 E.O. Lawrence Award that recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional scientific, technical and engineering achievements related to the broad missions of the Department of Energy (DOE) and its programs. Jennifer Pett-Ridge was recognized for her research in...

NNSA Administrator Hruby dedicates LLNL’s new Emergency Operations Center and computing facility upgrade

June 20, 2022 - 
On June 15, Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Jill Hruby dedicated two critical infrastructure projects at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), part of a three-day visit to the Lab. Hruby attended ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Exascale Computing Facility Modernization (ECFM)...

Nuclear forensics international group to hold 25th anniversary meeting at Livermore

June 20, 2022 - 
After a little more than 25 years, the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG) is returning to its roots in Livermore, California. Founded in 1995 during an organizational meeting held at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the ITWG met in Europe for 24 straight years from 1996 through 2019. But this year and this week, the international organization...

Livermorium Plaza makes its official debut

June 20, 2022 - 
Representatives from the City of Livermore, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and community leaders officially dedicated Livermorium Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. The plaza, located at 116 S. Livermore Ave., pays perpetual tribute to the Lab’s work on element 116, livermorium. It features a park with a five-foot, 18,000-lb...

EMC: Celebrating three decades of explosive innovation

June 16, 2022 - 
For 30 years, the Laboratory’s Energetic Materials Center (EMC) has built critical expertise, enabling scientific investigation in support of the nuclear deterrent and keeping the nation safe from emerging explosives and nuclear proliferation.  On June 23, the EMC will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding. Recognizing that expertise in high explosives (HEs) — a type of...

Physics-based cryptocurrency transmits energy (not just information) through blockchain

June 13, 2022 - 
Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have devised a physics-based cryptocurrency that links electrical energy and blockchain technologies in a new way. This new blockchain concept, dubbed “E-Stablecoin,” could allow electricity to be transmitted between users who are spread around the world, without the need for interconnecting wires or a grid-based...

New target facility will help unlock plutonium’s secrets

June 10, 2022 - 
Improving our understanding of the physical characteristics of plutonium as it ages is a vital aspect of maintaining the reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent in the absence of underground testing. The recent installation of a new plutonium target fabrication facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) aims to further progress toward that goal. Researchers have developed...

Multi-lab High Performance Storage System collaboration marks 30 years of data storage

June 9, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the rest of the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories produce an astronomical amount of data every year. As the volume of data generated from DOE high performance computing (HPC) continues to reach increasing scales of magnitude and new levels of importance for decision-making, where does all this data go and how is it managed? ...

DOE honors three early-career Lab scientists

June 8, 2022 - 
Three scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are recipients of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program award. Mimi Yung, John Despotopulos and Timofey Frolov are among 83 awardees receiving the recognition. Under the program, typical awards for DOE national laboratory staff are $500,000 per year for five years. “Supporting...

LLNL’s Brase discusses advances by ATOM in accelerating drug discovery pipeline

June 7, 2022 - 
The private-public Accelerating Therapeutic Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM) consortium is showing “significant” progress in demonstrating that high performance computing (HPC) and machine learning tools can speed up the drug discovery process, ATOM co-lead Jim Brase said at a recent webinar. Brase, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) deputy associate director for Data Science...

Innovation and Partnerships Office employees capture two national awards

June 3, 2022 - 
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG) recently awarded two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees with “Best in Class” awards during their May 13 spring meeting in Washington, D.C. Annemarie Meike, a business development executive within the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO), received the Innovative Lab Technology Transfer award...

LLNL Veterans Showcase: Shaun Stephenson

June 2, 2022 - 
The Veterans/Military Outreach and Recruiting Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is committed to supporting and recruiting military students, reservists, active duty and transitioning service men, women and veterans. The program’s initial focus on recruiting and hiring has aided directly in the employment of many veterans, with many more serving in internships ranging...

El Capitan testbed systems rank among top 200 of world’s most powerful computers

June 1, 2022 - 
As the U.S. welcomed the world’s first “true” exascale supercomputer, three predecessor machines for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) future exascale system El Capitan managed to rank highly on the latest Top500 List of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Organizers announced the list at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany on May 30....