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Scientists reveal how an ultrashort-pulse laser heats metal to one million degrees in one trillionth of a second

May 29, 2019

Physicists at the University of Nevada, Reno are settling the debate about heating mechanisms with ultrashort-pulse lasers for…
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…
Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice

May 9, 2019

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase…
Next up: Ultracold simulators of super-dense stars

January 4, 2019

Rice University physicists have created the world’s first laser-cooled neutral plasma, completing a 20-year quest that sets the…
ARCHIMEDES: Digging into the ice on Europa with lasers

November 15, 2018

Ever since the Pioneer and Voyager probes passed through the Jovian system in the 1970s, NASA and other…
We Could Build a Powerful Laser and Contact Civilizations Within 20,000 Light-Years. But Should We?

November 8, 2018

A powerful laser is just the thing to announce our presence as a technological species in this arm…
DOE looks to Jupiter for high-intensity research

October 31, 2018

The Department of Energy deemed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as one of nine facilities operating high-intensity, ultrafast…
‘Optical rocket’ created with intense laser light

September 18, 2018

Physics professor Donald Umstadter, who led the research, said the new application might aptly be called an “optical…
Zapping hydrogen gas with 168 lasers turns it into a metal

August 21, 2018

Scientists have bombarded hydrogen with 168 powerful laser beams – part of the world’s largest laser, the National…
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…
Scientists used high power lasers to replicate conditions of the Earth’s core

July 10, 2018

Mean radius of the Earth is 6371 km. Meanwhile the deepest hole we ever made is just over…
LLNL-developed petawatt laser system fully integrated, operational at ELI Beamlines

June 28, 2018

After evaluation by an international peer review group, the L3-HAPLS advanced petawatt laser system has been declared fully…
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…
Ultrahigh-pressure laser experiments shed light on cores of ‘super-Earth’ exoplanets

April 30, 2018

Scientists have identified more than 2,000 of these “super-Earths,” exoplanets that are larger than Earth but smaller than…
Study Recommends Strong Role for National Labs in “Second Laser Revolution”

April 20, 2018

A new study calls for the U.S. to step up its laser R&D efforts to better compete with…
A powerful new source of high-energy protons

April 13, 2018

Nearly 20 years ago, researchers conducting experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Nova Petawatt laser system —…
Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

January 19, 2018

On July 2nd, 1967, the U.S. Vela 3 and 4 satellites noticed something rather perplexing. Originally designed to…
LLNL-developed petawatt laser system installed at ELI Beamlines

December 16, 2017

The L3-HAPLS advanced petawatt laser system was installed last week at the ELI Beamlines Research Center (link is external)in Dolní…
Doubling the power of the world’s most intense laser

October 19, 2017

The most intense laser in the world is about to get a power upgrade with $2 million from…
Bold Space Travel

August 29, 2017

Transforming science fiction to reality, physics professor Philip Lubin is creating a laser-cannon system to propel miniature spaceships…
R&D Effort Produces Magnetic Devices to Enable More Powerful X-ray Lasers

June 21, 2017

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated…
New prototypes for superconducting undulators show promise for more powerful, versatile X-ray beams

June 21, 2017

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory have…
The world’s most powerful X-ray laser beam creates ‘molecular black hole’

June 12, 2017

When the X-rays blast electrons out of one atom, stripping it from the inside out, it steals more…
LLNL meets key milestone for delivery of world’s highest average power petawatt laser system

February 3, 2017

The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), being developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), recently completed a…
Recreating conditions inside stars in the laboratory with compact lasers

January 18, 2017

Using compact lasers, a team including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has created pressures more than a…
A first for direct-drive fusion

September 8, 2016

Scientists at the University of Rochester have taken a significant step forward in laser fusion research. Experiments using…
Asteroid Deflection: Science Fiction or Reality?

September 2, 2015

It’s the ultimate science fiction: The immense power of the sun is harnessed and converted into a massive…
Boeing has patented nuclear-powered aircraft propulsion system

July 8, 2015

According to information released by PatentYogi website, Boeing has patented nuclear-powered aircrafts. The engines of these aircrafts include…
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…
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