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  • Front Matter
    The Laboratory in the News
    Commentary by Robert Schock
  • Feature Articles
    Assuring the Safety of Nuclear Power
    The Microtechnology Center: When Smaller Is Better
  • Research Highlights
    Speeding the Gene Hunt: High-Speed DNA Sequencing
    Microbial Treatment of High Explosives
  • Patents and Awards
  • Abstracts (see below)


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    Feature Articles

  • Assuring the Safety of Nuclear Power

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    Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Fission Energy and Systems Safety Program (FESSP) has been providing to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy expert, independent advice on virtually every aspect of nuclear power. The Livermore program is unique because it was built around the nuclear fuel cycle, thereby fostering a broad perspective of nuclear power issues. The program presently conducts projects in such areas as mining; enrichment; power reactor operation; nuclear materials handling, storage, transportation, and waste management; repository development; nuclear facilities security; and regulatory reform. The program is also involved in many international projects devoted to all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, but especially those concerned with enhanced reactor safety.

  • The Microtechnology Center: When Smaller Is Better

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    Miniature electronic devices of all kinds have played an active role in Livermore projects since the late 1960s. First developed for nuclear test diagnostic equipment, these miniature devices have since been used in a wide array of projects for weapons development, biomedical research, nonproliferation, and, more recently, science-based stockpile stewardship. The Microtechnology Center today specializes in development of photonic devices, micro-electromechanical devices, passive microstructures such as thin-film windows, and other miniature structures made of silicon and silicon compounds, semiconductors such as gallium arsenide and lithium niobate.


    Research Highlights

  • Speeding the Gene Hunt: High-Speed DNA Sequencing
  • Microbial Treatment of High Explosives
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