2020 Annual Report

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Office of Experimental Sciences Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program through a five-year Cooperative Agreement. The fiscal year ending September 2020 (FY20) comprised the second year of LLE work under DOE/ NNSA Cooperative Agreement No. DE-NA0003856. The Laboratory’s work is also sponsored by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and other federal agencies such as DOE’s Office of Science (Fusion Energy Sciences and High Energy Physics) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). This annual report summarizes work conducted at LLE during FY20, including research on the ICF and High-Energy-Density (HED) science campaigns; laser, optical materials, and advanced technology development; operation of the Omega Laser Facility for the ICF and HED Campaigns, the National Laser Users’ Facility (NLUF), the Laboratory Basic Science (LBS) Program, and other external users including the newly established LaserNetUS supported by the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); and programs focusing on the education of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Much of the work conducted during FY20 was adapted including virtual participations and remote shot operation for users of the Omega Laser Facility to overcome the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LLE 2020 Annual Report.