About the Laboratory for Laser Energetics

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology. The Rochester area has a history of innovation and provides a unique setting for LLE within a technologically sophisticated community. The Laboratory was established in 1970 as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter.

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More information about the Laboratory for Laser Energetics is available in our visitor's guide:
A Unique National Resource

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Highlights of the 40-year history of the Laboratory are available in:
40 Years of Excellence

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More information about inertial fusion research is available in the LLE publication: Inertial Confinement Fusion:
An Introduction

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A review of worldwide research contributions since the inception of the laser-driven fusion concept is available in the Physics of Plasmas article:
Direct-Drive Inertial Confinement Fusion:
A Review

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Map of LLE Building (password required)

Mission Statement

The Laboratory has a five-fold mission:
  1. To conduct implosion experiments and basic physics experiments in support of the National Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program.
  2. To develop new laser and materials technologies.
  3. To provide graduate and undergraduate education in electro-optics, high-power lasers, high-energy-density physics, plasma physics, and nuclear fusion technology.
  4. To operate the National Laser Users' Facility.
  5. To conduct research and development in advanced technology related to high-energy-density phenomena.