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

Visiting the OMEGA Target Bay

After viewing the 60-beam OMEGA Laser System, visitors can experience the experimental area: the Target Bay. Shown are recent visitors from Japan who, along with their University of Oxford counterparts, collaborated and spoke on fast ignition using the concept of super-penetration as part of the National Laser Users Facility at LLE. From left to right are Professor Kazuo Tanaka (Osaka University), Steven Ivancic (LLE), and Riho Murakami (Osaka University). More information about tours is available on
the LLE website.

Past Quick Shots

Around the Lab

Custom-Printed Circuit Board Development by LLE's Electronics and Controls Engineering Group

The 24 engineers and technicians who form the Electronics and Controls Engineering Group at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics have procured new equipment to efficiently construct custom-printed circuit boards (PCB's). Custom PCB prototypes, which are applied to laser-fusion research, can be designed, assembled, documented, tested, and corrected in-house in just a matter of days.

Here, Senior Manufacturing Engineer Joe Romano is shown using an automated Manncorp 7722FV pick-and-place machine to assemble PCB's for the solid-state Pockels-cell driver.

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