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Optical Society of America names Zhi Liao senior member

July 2, 2014- 
Zhi Liao has been named a senior member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), an international society for optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. Senior membership status recognizes members with more than 10 years of significant experience and professional accomplishments or service in their fields.Liao, a research scientist in Lawrence Livermore's...

Lawrence Fellowships awarded for 2014

June 26, 2014- 
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has awarded three individuals the Lawrence Fellowship, a highly-competitive postdoctoral position awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Recipients are awarded three year Fellowships and are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior...

LLNL researchers define boundaries for petawatt laser absorption

June 24, 2014- 
The absorption of petawatt (10 15 watts) laser light by solid matter is a crucial problem that has been the subject of theoretical and experimental study for more than two decades.  In a newly-published paper, Lawrence Livermore scientists have defined, for the first time, a set of theoretical boundaries for the absorption of petawatt laser light. The scientists present their research in the...

Heading toward the hydrogen highway

June 23, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore scientists are working on a project that will use particles considerably smaller than the size of a human hair to improve the storage capacity of hydrogen-powered vehicles.Using $1.2 million from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) over three years, LLNL scientist Brandon Wood said that through theory and modeling, his team...

Lawrence Livermore, MIT researchers develop new ultralight, ultrastiff 3D printed materials

June 19, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Imagine a material with the same weight and density as aerogel -- a material so light it's called 'frozen smoke' -- but with 10,000 times more stiffness. This material could have a profound impact on the aerospace and automotive industries as well as other applications where lightweight, high-stiffness and high-strength materials are needed.Lawrence Livermore National...

Lab engineer helps Native Americans achieve energy independence

June 18, 2014- 
Tiny wood-frame and dome-shaped hogans dot the landscape of the Navajo Nation's reservation in the Southwest. Around them are natural wonders such as canyons carved into the earth billions of years ago and plateaus that rise in the horizon, revealing layers of geological rocks from ancient time periods.But amid the beauty are the harsh realities for some Navajos living on a 27,425-square-mile...

LLNL technology detects bacterial pathogens in soldiers' combat wounds

June 17, 2014- 
A biological detection technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists can detect bacterial pathogens in the wounds of U.S. soldiers that have previously been missed by other technologies.This advance may, in time, allow an improvement in how soldiers' wounds are treated.In a three-year study by LLNL and four other institutions, the researchers used the Lawrence...

Researchers develop efficient approach to manufacture 3D metal parts

June 16, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a new and more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing -- using selective laser melting, namely, the selection of appropriate process parameters that result in parts with desired properties.  Selective laser melting (SLM) is a powder-based, additive manufacturing process where a...

Lawrence Livermore Lab awarded $5.6 million to develop next generation neural devices

June 11, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently received $5.6 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an implantable neural interface with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain for treating neuropsychiatric disorders.The technology will help doctors to better understand and treat post...

Wisoff selected as principal associate director for NIF & Photon Science

June 10, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein has named Peter J.K. "Jeff" Wisoff the principal associate director for the Lab's National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (PAD/NIF&PS) directorate. The appointment is effective immediately. Wisoff has been acting PAD/NIF&PS since Oct. 2013 "and has done an outstanding job in that role," Goldstein said. "I have every...

Bringing new life to Laser Guide Star

June 9, 2014- 
Earlier this year, Lawrence Livermore engineering technical associate Pam Danforth applied 30 years of laser experience to an out-of-this-world problem -- bringing new life to the University of California's Lick Observatory Laser Guide Star.The Lick Observatory's Laser Guide Star is vital to astronomers because a natural guide star isn't always near an object they want to observe. By training...

Local high school seniors receive Edward Teller Science scholarships

June 5, 2014- 
Five local high school seniors from Livermore and Tracy have been awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's prestigious Edward Teller Science Scholarship.The awards, instituted in 2004 in honor of the late Dr. Teller, renowned physicist and Lab co-founder, are given annually by the Laboratory to graduating seniors who excel in science studies.This year's award winners from the...

Forum showcases Lab's additive manufacturing capabilities

June 4, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's additive manufacturing capabilities including hardware expertise, materials science R&D and high-performance computing were highlighted at a recent Silicon Valley forum.Held at theHigh Performance Computing Innovation CenterLivermore Valley Open Campus, the event drew a standing room only crowd of more than 80 people from throughout the Bay Area. It...

Students, scientists and community members hang out on Livermorium Day

June 2, 2014- 
Livermore students virtually got up close and personal with Lawrence Livermore scientists and Livermore Mayor John Marchand on the anniversary of Livermorium Day. Established in 2013, Marchand decreed May 30 as Livermorium Day to recognize the naming of element 116, which was named after the City Livermore and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During a Google Hangout, a type...

IPO webinar on energy absorbing materials today

June 2, 2014- 
Learn more about additively manufactured energy absorbing materials produced by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during the next monthly installment of the Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO) Technology & Market Discovery Webinar series on June 3. The presentation by lab material scientist Eric Duoss titled "Design and Manufacture of Energy Absorbing Materials" will run from 9 to 10 a...

Andreas Kemp receives 2014 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge award

May 30, 2014- 
A team of researchers led by Andreas Kemp has received a 2014 Leadership Computing Challenge award from the DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) to further pursue the study of short-pulse laser interactions with solid density plasmas using supercomputer simulations.The research project entitled "Laser-driven relativistic electron beam filamentation in solids" has been...

Laboratory publishes national security book

May 30, 2014- 
LLNL has published its first electronic book, or e-book.The 139-page book, "Strategic Latency and World Power: How Technology is Changing Our Concepts of Security," has been published by the Lab through its Center for Global Security Research (CGSR).Book editors are Zachary Davis, a senior fellow at CGSR; Ron Lehman, a former CGSR director and an adviser to the director; and Michael Nacht, a...

A tool to better screen and treat aneurysm patients

May 29, 2014- 
New research by an international consortium, including a researcher from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, may help physicians better understand the chronological development of a brain aneurysm.Using radiocarbon dating to date samples of ruptured and unruptured cerebral aneurysm (CA) tissue, the team, led by neurosurgeon Nima Etminan, found that the main structural constituent and...

CASIS workshop explores building a Wikipedia for visual queries

May 27, 2014- 
The 18th annual Signal and Image Sciences Workshop, a signature event of the Engineering Directorate's Center for Advanced Signal and Image Sciences (CASIS), attracted more than 100 attendees last week.The workshop is designed to showcase R&D in signal and image sciences at Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories as well as local academic institutions and industries. It was co...

Celebrate Livermorium Day events Friday, May 30

May 22, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. --Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the City of Livermore and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District will be hosting a day of events, both online and downtown, to celebrate the first anniversary of Livermorium Day on Friday, May 30.Livermore Mayor John Marchand proclaimed May 30 Livermorium Day to recognize the discovery of chemical element 116...