Omega Laser Facility Reaches its 25,000th Target ShotSeptember, 2013
The Omega Laser Facility recently completed its 25,000th experiment to create and study extreme states of matter. This achievement was noted by NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook who underscored the important role [LLE] plays in advancing NNSA’s mission of “maintaining the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing.” “It has made significant contributions to the Stockpile Stewardship Program,” said Cook. “The Laboratory operates Omega as a very effective user facility. I congratulate the Omega team on this accomplishment and thank LLE for its sustained contributions to the stockpile mission.”
With 2,000 target shots per year, the shot count of the Omega Laser Facility, with its capacity to collect new and groundbreaking data about high-energy-density systems, will soon reach 30,000. As such, the Omega Laser Facility’s mission is far from complete. With constant technological enhancements and a growing need for its expanding capabilities in a broad range of technical disciplines, the Omega Laser Facility will continue to serve the nation for years to come in its identified areas of research, as well as in those that have yet to be discovered.