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laser energy

NIF Sets New Laser Energy Record

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system has set a new record, firing 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy to its...
laser

NIF Achieves Record Double Fusion Yield

An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has achieved a total fusion neutron yield of 1.9e16 (1.9x1016)...
superbeamvideo

Plasma Optic Combines Lasers into Superbeam

Since its introduction in the 1977 film "Star Wars," the Death Star has remained one of science fiction's most iconic figures. The image of...
stellar interiors

Scientists Probe the Conditions of Stellar Interiors to Measure Nuclear Reactions

Most of the nuclear reactions that drive the nucleosynthesis of the elements in our universe occur in very extreme stellar plasma conditions. This intense...
3D print

NIF Technology Could Revolutionize 3D Printing

A technology originally developed to smooth out and pattern high-powered laser beams for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) can be used to 3D print...
Crash-proof

Crash-proof Virtual Flying Through NIF

In apparent defiance of the laws of physics, LLNL design engineer Paul Bloom leads flying tours through the National Ignition Facility from only three...
optics

Lab Scientists Develop Next-generation NIF Optics to Boost Energy and Limit...

A new anti-reflective coating and a novel chemical process for laser optics, developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, represents an important breakthrough...
hohlraums

The Softer Side of NIF Hohlraums

Considering that nothing precious comes from an online retailer without protective padding, could precision laser targets also benefit from similar high-tech swaddling? So far the...
ultraviolet

ASML Taps Lawrence Livermore to Develop Extreme EUV for Chip Manufacturing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) andASML Holding NV(link is external) (ASML) have successfully established plasma simulation capabilities to advance extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light sources...
material strength

Scientists Explore Use of 3D Printing to Speed up Target Production...

Advanced 3D printing promises to redefine manufacturing in critical industries such as aerospace, transportation and defense, and now, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is exploring...
lasers

National Ignition Facility tops 400 shots in FY16

On Sept. 18, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) performed its 400th experiment of fiscal year (FY) 2016, meeting the year's goal several weeks early....
laser fusion

A First for Direct-drive Fusion

Scientists at the University of Rochester have taken a significant step forward in laser fusion research. Experiments using the OMEGA laser at the University’s Laboratory...
3D printing

3D Printing Could Revolutionize Laser Design

LLNL researchers are exploring the use of metal 3D printing to create strong, lightweight structures for advanced laser systems - an effort they say...
fusion

NIF sheds light on turbulent mix with unique fusion experiments

To further understand turbulent mix models used in both high energy density (HED) and inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments, Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)...

Researchers put pressure on hydrogen

A National Ignition Facility (NIF) experimental campaign may have unlocked scientific secrets behind how hydrogen becomes metallic at high pressure. “Hydrogen properties are still puzzling,” said Lawrence...

Experiments illuminate supersonic radiation flow

A multi-institutional team of scientists fired the 26th and final shot of the Pleiades experimental campaign at the National Ignition Facility last month. The...

Dante: Measuring NIF’s inferno

The smooth blue sphere of the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) target chamber bristles with diagnostics — nuclear, optical and X-ray instruments that together provide some...

Studying effects of target ‘tents’ on NIF

A systematic study of the effects on National Ignition Facility (NIF) implosions of the ultra-thin mounting membranes that support target capsules inside NIF hohlraums...