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Omega Demonstrates Best Ignition-Scaled Cryogenic Target Performance To Date

2018: The highest-performing direct-drive cryogenic implosions to date were conducted on the OMEGA Laser System. Shown here is a plot of the yield versus the areal densities for the OMEGA cryogenic implosions. Data from the 10 July 2018 shots are shown as black circles. The generalized Lawson criterion derived by Chang [P. Y. Chang et al., […]

A New Form of Water Confirmed with Experiments at LLE

2018: On 5 February, the New York Times Science section posted an article featuring an experiment conducted at LLE under the Laboratory Basic Science Program and was published in the journal Nature Physics [M. Millot, S. Hamel, J. R. Rygg, P. M. Celliers, G. W. Collins, F. Coppari, D. E. Fratanduono, R. Jeanloz, D. C. Swift, and J. H. […]

Studying Planetary Magnetic Fields

2018: More than 80% of planets are composed of metallic hydrogen. However, metallic hydrogen is one of the rarest materials found on Earth. Mohamed Zaghoo, Research Associate, and Gilbert “Rip” Collins, Associate Director for Academics, Science, and Technology, have studied the conductivity of metallic hydrogen using experiments on the OMEGA Laser System to understand how […]

Funding Restored for LLE and ICF Program

2018: On 12 September 2018, Josh Farrelman from the Office of Government and Community Relations announced that the FY19 Energy and Water Bill was released to approve $80M for LLE, a $5M increase over FY 2018 and the highest level of federal funding ever appropriated to the LLE in the University’s history. $545M was approved […]

Two Former LLE Researchers win Nobel Prize in Physics

2018: Profs. Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” for their invention of chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) while at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics in the 1980s. Prof. Strickland developed CPA as a graduate student with Prof. Mourou […]