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

Two 2016 LLE Summer High School Research Program Participants Named Science Talent Search Scholars

Webster Kehoe and Nate Morse were named 2017 Scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, this country's most-prestigious science competition for high school seniors. Kehoe, shown above right with advisor and program director Stephen Craxton, is a student at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School. Morse, shown below left with advisor Mark Guardalben, is a student at Allendale Columbia School. Only 300 students are selected as scholars (previously identified as semifinalists) from over 1,700 entrants and will receive $2,000, with an additional $2,000 to their school. Forty of the scholars will be named as finalists on 24 January and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for the final judging from 9–15 March to compete for the top prize of $250,000. Since its inception in 1989, LLE's Summer High School Research Program has produced 34 scholars, including 4 finalists. LLE's program has had 353 participants, 127 of whom have received degrees beyond their undergraduate work. Application forms for the 2017 program will be available in early February on the LLE web site.

Past Quick Shots

Around the Lab

Laser and Target Area System Developed for the Dynamic Compression Sector

The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) developed a 100-J UV laser and target area system for the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) located at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. This new research facility is operated by Washington State University (WSU) under sponsorship from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). LLE partnered with Logos Technologies to develop and build the high-energy laser, which is suitable for a broad range of applications. The APS is a state-of-the-art user facility dedicated to dynamic compression science, a field that researches materials under extreme conditions.