Welcome to LLE

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology. LLE was established in 1970 as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter. The National Nuclear Security Administration funds LLE as part of its Stockpile Stewardship Program.

Target being shot by a laser
Office of the Director

Laser's 50th Anniversary

SPIE interview with LLE Director
Dr. Robert L. McCrory

Road Construction Near LLE

Construction on I-390 and I-590 near the lab continues (shown in orange here). Updates available from the NYS Department of Transportation Road Construction Near LLE

Quick Shot

27th Summer Research Program
for High School Juniors

The LLE Summer Research Program for High School Juniors just completed its 27th year. Shown in this composite are four of the twelve students with their projects. In the upper left is Ryan Gao (Brighton High School) (right) with his advisor Matthew Barczys (left), who studied how damage to the final OMEGA EP UV mirror can influence the laser pulse. In the upper right is Gabriel Evans (McQuaid), advised by Walter Shmayda, who measured the hydrogen pressure over palladium hydride. In the lower left is Alex Proschel (Pittsford Sutherland), also advised by Walter Shmayda, whose topic was "Isotopic Exchange over Platinized Molecular Sieve." In the lower right is Eileen Norris (Brighton), advised by Seung-Whan Bahk, who designed an imaging telescope. More information about the Summer Research Program for High School Juniors can be found here.

Past Quick Shots

Around the Lab

Funding Aimed at Fusion Energy Awarded to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics–Sandia National Laboratories Collaboration

The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced a two-year, $3.8 million award for Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics to study the potential of combining two different technologies to further advance their research efforts to produce controlled fusion reactions.