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
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LLE Seminar Calendar

Seminar Calendar

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Users' Guide

The Omega
Laser Facility Users' Guide

is now available for download here.

Quick Shot

Four LLE Scientists Receive
Fusion Power Associates Awards

Four LLE senior scientists received Fusion Power Associates (FPA) awards for 2017. Theory and Experimental Division Directors, Valeri Goncharov and Craig Sangster, respectively, jointly received the Leadership Award; former Director (retired) and University Professor Emeritus Robert McCrory received the Distinguished Career Award; and Assistant Professor Adam Sefkow received the Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award. FPA is a nonprofit research and educational foundation, providing timely information on the status of fusion development and other applications of plasma science and fusion research. Since 1996, LLE scientists have received eight FPA awards.

Past Quick Shots

Around the Lab

Advancement of Hybrid Fluid-Kinetic Modeling Efforts for High-Energy-Density–Physics and Inertial Confinement Fusion Science

Adam Sefkow, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics at the University of Rochester and senior scientist at the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), compares his research in high-energy-density physics (HEDP) and inertial confinement fusion (ICF) to that of a detective determined to solve an enigma. He builds on the achievements of other scientists; interprets data learned from experiments at LLE, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories; and recognizes how often something significant can be learned from unexpected results. The recipient of both an Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the 2017 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award from the Fusion Power Associates, Sefkow is currently developing a hybrid fluid-kinetic multiphysics simulation code named CHIMERA.