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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...

Registration now open for the annual Tri-Valley 'Expanding Your Horizons' Conference

Jan. 30, 2014- 
Registration is now open for the 36th annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference to be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Las Positas College Gymnasium, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 14. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. The daylong event is held for girls, grades 6-9, to increase interest in and foster awareness of careers in math and...

Media advisory: LLNL's 'Science On Saturday' explores nature by computer simulation

Jan. 30, 2014- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientist Vic Castillo and Monte Vista High School teacher Rodger Johnson will present "Computer Simulation: Exploring Nature With a Computer."WHAT: Computers are becoming an increasingly cheaper, more powerful tool that cannot be ignored by professionals. Computer simulation reproduces the behavior of natural- and man-made systems to help us understand, predict and...

Livermore researchers identify chemical, physical traits of fallout

Jan. 29, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have begun to develop a technique that provides a practical approach for looking into the complex physical and chemical processes that occur during fallout formation following a nuclear detonation. Post-detonation nuclear forensics relies on advanced analytical techniques and an understanding of the physio-chemical processes associated with a...

Trish Damkroger selected one of HPCWire's 2014 'People to Watch'

Jan. 28, 2014- 
Trish Damkroger, LLNL deputy associate director for Computation, has been named one of the "People to Watch" in High Performance Computing (HPC) for 2014 by HPCWire, the online news service covering supercomputing. Damkroger, who has served in numerous leadership positions in the Computation Directorate, is the chair for the Supercomputing Conference 2014 (SC14), which brings together global...

Lab scientist named vice president of materials society

Jan. 27, 2014- 
Patrice Turchi, a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be installed as the 2014 vice president of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in February.Turchi, who is the group leader of LLNL's Materials Science Division of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, will assume his new role at TMS during the organization's 2014...

The Flame Challenge is on: What is color?

Jan. 23, 2014- 
How well do you know science? Do you know it well enough to explain it to a fellow scientist, engineer or your boss? What about a news reporter, college or high school student? Or, the ultimate challenge, a fifth-grade student? That is what the Flame Challenge is all about: encouraging scientists to voluntarily create ways to communicate complex material simply, clearly and engagingly. 2014...

Water in star dust points to origins of life in the universe

Jan. 23, 2014- 
Space weathering, which works similar to geological erosion on the Earth, produces water in the rims of tiny particles of interplanetary dust. The discovery may have implications on the origins of life and sources of water throughout the galaxy. As a byproduct of star formation, water ice is the most abundant solid material in the universe. But this new source was a surprise. Former Lawrence...

Lawrence Livermore 'space cops' to help control traffic in space

Jan. 22, 2014- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists are using mini-satellites that work as "space cops" to help control traffic in space. The scientists used a series of six images over a 60-hour period taken from a ground-based satellite to prove that it is possible to refine the orbit of another satellite in low earth orbit."Eventually our satellite will be orbiting and making the...

LLNL's Saturday lectures explore computational modeling

Jan. 15, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns Feb. 1 and runs through March 1. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program. The series will offer four lectures with a theme of computational modeling. Topics include exploring nature via computer simulation; fusion modeling; menacing microbes; and simulating the human heart on the world...

LLNL partnership with Calysta works to convert natural gas to liquid fuel

Jan. 15, 2014- 
In an effort to put to good use natural gas (methane) that might otherwise become pollution, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is collaborating with start-up company Calysta Energy on a new technology to convert natural gas to liquid fuel.The process involves taking natural gas from oil and gas operations, and converting it to methanol that can be used as a fuel or converted to other...

LLNL's 2013 Year-in-Review edition now online

Jan. 14, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore's Newsline month-by-month highlights from 2013 are available on the Web in the 2013 Year-in-Review edition. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and technology; People; Operations; and Awards and recognition. The 2013 Year-in-Review will appear only electronically; there will be no print edition. The Web-based format offers the advantage of providing...

Lab physicist selected for Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering

Jan. 13, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Miguel Morales has been selected for a 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) for his leading edge research in condensed matter physics.Using advanced computational techniques such as density functional theory and quantum Monte Carlo, Morales studies materials at extreme pressure and temperature on some of the...

Out of this world first light images emerge from Gemini Planet Imager

Jan. 7, 2014- 
After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets orbiting around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds."Even these early first-light images are almost a factor of 10 better than the previous generation of instruments. In one minute, we were seeing planets that used...

LLNL engineer spends time building affordable homes

Jan. 3, 2014- 
Alicia Williams is developing technology to strengthen America's security and building homes to provide low-income families with affordable housing. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory mechanical engineer in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED) is working on a weapons certification plan to support stockpile stewardship. But what she does on her free time is equally...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's top 10 stories of 2013

Dec. 30, 2013- 
In 2013, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory continued six decades of scientific and technical achievement for national security, energy, the environment and basic science. Livermore technological innovation in such areas as high performance computing, micro-technology and energy also contribute to the nation's global economic competitiveness and quality of life. Because it is difficult to...

Four Lawrence Livermore researchers named 2013 APS Fellows

Dec. 23, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2013 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Physicist Charles Cerjan was cited by the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics for "seminal contributions to time-dependent Schrodinger equation propagation algorithms and their application to particle scattering and intense field...

High-pressure studies of rare earth material could lead to lighter, cheaper magnets

Dec. 20, 2013- 
Sometimes you have to apply a little pressure to get magnetic materials to reveal their secrets. By placing a permanent magnet under high pressures, Lawrence Livermore researchers are exploring how atomic structure enhances magnetic strength and resistance to demagnetization. This fundamental research into magnetic behavior has important implications for engineering stronger, cheaper magnets...