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

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Machine Shop Quality Control

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) soft x-ray imager (S600-D) is shown being dimensionally checked for conformance to LLE manufacturing prints utilizing the "Helmel Checkmaster" coordinate measuring machine located in the Quality Control lab. Displayed on the screen are real-time measurements of the part under test. Components are often designed and fabricated to tight tolerances to ensure equipment performance and must be dimensionally verified prior to assembly and use. The LLE Mechanical Engineering (ME) group provides a wide spectrum of services in the production of high-quality scientific equipment, including overall design, fabrication, inspection and quality control, as well as final assembly and system integration. The ME group supports scientists from LLE and LLNL in the design and fabrication of diagnostics and equipment used on the OMEGA, OMEGA EP, and NIF Laser Systems.

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Around the Lab

An Enduring Partnership

Research scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and physicists, chemists, and computer scientists at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo have enjoyed a dynamic and enduring partnership for close to 20 years, culminating in the formation of the Nuclear and Plasma Diagnostics Development Laboratory on the Geneseo Campus. Staffed by six faculty members and more than a dozen undergraduate students, the Laboratory engages in research projects on a part-time basis throughout the academic year and full-time during the summer months.