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Under pressure: Using NIF, researchers compress copper, creating the densest object on Earth

January 10, 2020

If copper was found in the core of Saturn it would have the same crystalline structure as the…
STAR array tests materials’ response to strong X-ray shocks

January 7, 2020

At first glance it might be mistaken for a model of the Millennium Falcon of “Star Wars” fame.…
New research finds lead toughens up under extremes

November 12, 2019

In a new paper published as an “Editors’ Suggestion” in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers from…
NIF tops Physics of Plasmas ‘most cited’

July 5, 2019

Research authored by physicists in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate (NIF&PS) represented…
Shaped like spaceship from a sci-fi movie, with the stellar nursery Eagle Nebula as a backdrop, the name of Vast Area Detector for Experimental Radiochemistry (VADER) diagnostic may betray its origin. VADER is used to collect debris from star-like plasmas created at NIF. Credit: Brian Chavez (composition) and NASA (HST image)
Stellar reactions in a galaxy not so far, far away

July 2, 2019

Few people over the course of history have had a hand in discovering an atomic element. Yet nuclear…
Making metal with the lightness of air

June 4, 2019

Gold, silver and copper are heavy metals, but LLNL scientists can now make them nearly as light as…
ARC experiments exceed expectations

May 18, 2019

The first proton-acceleration experiments using the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) short-pulse laser have produced protons…
Bobbing shells key to future NIF targets

March 27, 2019

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team of physicists and target engineers has reached an important goal with…
LLNL, universities form HED science alliance

February 5, 2019

High-energy density (HED) science is foundational to the nationally important research conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)…
Two micron fill tubes fill two needs

December 13, 2018

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) and General Atomics engineers have created an inertial confinement fusion…
Researchers work to advance understanding of hydrodynamic instabilities in NIF, astrophysics

July 17, 2018

In a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) “Special Feature” paper published online June 26, Lawrence…
NIF achieves record double fusion yield

June 14, 2018

An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has achieved a total…
Experiments shed new light on supernovae

May 10, 2018

Experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) are providing scientists with new insights into the…
Ramp compression of iron provides insight into core conditions of large rocky exoplanets

April 17, 2018

In a paper published today by Nature Astronomy (link is external), a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore…
First experimental evidence for superionic ice

February 7, 2018

Among the many discoveries on matter at high pressure that garnered him the Nobel Prize in 1946, scientist…
Plasma optic combines lasers into superbeam

October 17, 2017

Since its introduction in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” the Death Star has remained one of science fiction’s…
Perfecting the spider’s art support NIF targets

August 29, 2017

Materials scientist Xavier Lepro can’t grow his “spider webs” fast enough to swing from skyscrapers like Spiderman, but…
Probing the possibility of life on ‘super-Earths’

June 17, 2017

Along with its aesthetic function of helping create the glorious Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, the powerful magnetic…
NIF technology could revolutionize 3D printing

May 27, 2017

A technology originally developed to smooth out and pattern high-powered laser beams for the National Ignition Facility (NIF)…
Crash-proof virtual flying through NIF

April 30, 2017

In apparent defiance of the laws of physics, LLNL design engineer Paul Bloom leads flying tours through the…
Lab scientists develop next-generation NIF optics to boost energy and limit damage

April 7, 2017

A new anti-reflective coating and a novel chemical process for laser optics, developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory…
Experiments shine light on exotic cosmic rays

May 4, 2016

The Earth is under constant bombardment by subatomic particles called cosmic rays, including some, known as ultra-high-energy cosmic…
Shaping fuel compression boosts NIF yield

October 16, 2015

In a recent series of papers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists examined the role of ablation-front instability…
Rare earths advance search for unified theory

October 15, 2015

Rare earth elements are used in computer hard drives, electric motors and to generate and amplify the lasers…
Researchers put pressure on hydrogen

September 25, 2015

A National Ignition Facility (NIF) experimental campaign may have unlocked scientific secrets behind how hydrogen becomes metallic at…
Probing what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion

June 11, 2015

For years, research on nuclear weapons has relied on old data, limited experiments and computer modeling. But this…
Dante: Measuring NIF’s inferno

June 11, 2015

The smooth blue sphere of the National Ignition Facility‘s (NIF) target chamber bristles with diagnostics — nuclear, optical…
Researchers toss around rugby-shaped hohlraums for ignition experiments

May 6, 2015

For several years, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has pursued an indirect…
Studying effects of target ‘tents’ on NIF

March 9, 2015

A systematic study of the effects on National Ignition Facility (NIF) implosions of the ultra-thin mounting membranes that…
Physics World names National Ignition Facility fuel gain top 10 breakthrough of the year

December 17, 2014

Physics World, an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics, has named the National Ignition Facility’s…
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