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June 2004

The Laboratory in the News

A New Era in Plutonium Research
Commentary by William H. Goldstein

Shocking Plutonium to Reveal Its Secrets
Livermore scientists are using a new gas gun located at the Nevada Test Site to shock plutonium to extreme pressures and temperatures.

Strategic Supercomputing Comes of Age
As supercomputing settles into the terascale regime, simulations reveal pertinent insights about the physics of nuclear weapons.

A Bang-Up Job: Keeping Things Clean at the Contained Firing Facility
A new cleanup program at Livermore’s Contained Firing Facility keeps the environment clean and beryllium exposure to a minimum.

Seeing the Universe in a Grain of Dust
Livermore scientists refine analysis techniques for studying the first dust particles collected from a comet.

Patents and Awards


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