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

Tour De Cure

Ride, Run, or Walk with LLE in the Tour de Cure

Ride, Run, or Walk with LLE in the Tour de Cure

Join LLE in the 2019 Tour de Cure, Saturday June 8 2019 in Webster, NY. The Tour is not just a cycling event; it has a 5K family fun walk, a 5K timed run, and cycling routes of 15, 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles. There is something for everyone, adults and children. Last year Team LLE had 25 cyclists, rode a combined 1100 miles, and raised an astounding $10,250. This year, the goal is to double the number of participants to 50. Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 in 11 people will face this diagnosis in their lifetime. The money raised from the event goes to the American Diabetes Association, supporting their three pillars; Research, Education and Advocacy. LLE Team Captain, Jim Butler, will be presenting an S&T talk about the event on Friday February 22 at noon in the Coliseum. To register for team LLE, visit: www.diabetes.org/teamlle

Alumni Focus

Alumni Snapshot

Amanda Davis
Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory

Amanda K. Davis earned her B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona in 2012 and was supported by a Frank J. Horton Fellowship from the Laboratory for Laser Energetics during her graduate education at the University of Rochester. She received her Ph.D. in Physics in 2017 with the thesis, "Laser Ablation and Hydrodynamic Coupling in Direct-Drive Inertial-Confinement-Fusion Experiments."


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13th NDWG Meeting

13th National Diagnostics
Working Group Meeting

The 13th National Diagnostic Working Group (NDWG) Meeting was held at LLE on 5–6 December 2018. The NDWG was formed by the Inertial Confinement Fusion and the High-Energy-Density Physics research communities to enhance national coordination between the labs to develop advanced diagnostics. Diagnostic experts from LLE, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the Naval Research Laboratory, Nevada National Security Site, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, General Atomics, Kentech Instruments Ltd., Sydor Technologies, Artep Inc., Photek, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives, Atomic Weapons Establishment, and the Extreme Light Infrastructure-Nuclear Physics participated in the two-day meeting. The NDWG has the specific goal to advise the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and the facility management of the National Ignition Facility at LLNL, the Z machine at SNL, and the Omega Laser Facility at LLE on diagnostic priorities, plans, and schedule.

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Professor Collins

Professor Gilbert "Rip" Collins Installed as Dean's Professor

Professor Gilbert "Rip" Collins was installed as a Dean's Professor by Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Collins was bestowed this distinguished honor in a ceremony also attended by University President Richard Feldman and Dean of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Gloria Culver, on Tuesday 29 January. Professor Collins joined the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in the Summer of 2016, with secondary appointments in Physics and Astronomy and LLE. He has established a prominent research program on the physics and materials science of how high-energy densities alter the properties of materials, which has applications in high-strain-rate phenomena, planetary science, stellar evolution, and controlled fusion. Rip has led an expansive UR effort for the first-of-its-kind international curriculum on high-energy-density science, and has also been instrumental in attracting to UR prominent young scientists, enhancing diversity and national recognition.

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Around the Lab

LLE Summer High School Student Contributes to High School Living Environment Curriculum

In a darkened room Katie Kopp shows her visitors examples of the complex molecular and cellular structures just beneath the surface of everything from paper towels to flower petals and human organs. The Victor High School senior is clearly excited about MUSE—the new microscope technology she used at LLE last summer. Kopp is helping make it possible for high school students to share her enthusiasm in their own classrooms.