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

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Charles P. Verdon
Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, NNSA

Charles P. Verdon earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (1984) degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona. His doctoral dissertation ("Numerical Simulations of Rayleigh–Taylor Instabilities in Ablation-Driven Systems") was completed at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) under the supervision of Richard L. Morse (U. Arizona) and Robert L McCrory (Director Emeritus, LLE).


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SUNY Geneseo Receives APS Improving Undergraduate Physics Education Award

The American Physical Society's (APS) Committee on Education has recognized the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo for excellence in undergraduate physics education and supporting best practices in education. "Students are attracted to the physics department at SUNY Geneseo by the outstanding faculty, high-quality facilities, and the supportive 'family atmosphere' that prepare students for successful and challenging careers," reports APS. SUNY Geneseo and LLE have enjoyed a dynamic and enduring partnership for over 20 years, during which time approximately 320 full-time equivalent summer Research Assistants from Geneseo have worked on ICF and HEDP projects. The partnership between Geneseo and LLE makes it possible for undergraduate students to participate in significant research and collaborate with scientists at world-class inertial confinement fusion/high-energy-density facilities, including the Omega Laser Facility. Here, future SUNY Geneseo research assistants and LLE staff pose for a picture before an introductory tour of LLE.

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A Novel Statistical Model to Triple the Fusion Yield in Direct-Drive Laser Fusion

Accurate predictive capabilities are essential in the quest for thermonuclear ignition. In support of these predictive models, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) has developed a novel statistical approach used to predict and design multiple cryogenic deuterium–tritium (DT) implosions on the OMEGA Laser System. This approach has led to the tripling of the fusion yield to its highest value for direct-drive laser fusion of DT-layered targets.