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.

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Alumni Focus

Alumni Focus

Jessica DeGroote Nelson

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax Systems, Inc., a Rochester area optical components manufacturer. She joined Optimax in 2007 after graduating from the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics with a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in optics. She earned an MBA degree from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and also teaches as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Optics.

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New University Class Combines
Dance and Physics

In a collaboration between the Program of Dance and Movement and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the University of Rochester is offering a new course that combines physics and dance. Choreographic Voice: Dance & Physics Frontiers will be offered this spring as a 4-credit course taught by Dance faculty member Mariah Steele. Students will learn how choreographic methods can help model, understand, and communicate scientific ideas; compare the artistic and scientific processes; and create dances based on lectures by LLE scientists about cutting-edge research. A performance at LLE on April 24, 2020 will showcase the students' dances. Find out more about course DAN 377 here, or contact mariah.steele@rochester.edu.
Photos by Eugene Kowaluk and Ganesh Ramachandran

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Line-of-Sight Project

Achieving controlled thermonuclear fusion, an energy source with the potential to provide a virtually unlimited source of clean energy, requires diagnostics to better understand the complex process that takes place in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments. Due to the 3-D nature of these experiments, measurements are needed over multiple orthogonal lines of sight to maximize the coverage required to infer 3-D performance metrics.

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