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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 […]

Dynamic Compression Sector Target Area System Installed

2017: Shown here is Senior Manufacturing Engineer Dale Guy (left) and Research Engineer Robert Earley (right) are shown working on the DCS target chamber LLE’s Target Area System for the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) was installed at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) located at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. The system includes a target chamber, […]

Laser-Driven MagLIF

2017: Sandia National Laboratories and LLE entered into a collaboration to test the scaling of magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF) over a range of absorbed energy of the order of 1 kJ on OMEGA to 500 kJ on Sandia’s Pulsed-Power Facility (Z machine). This work is being funded with a two-year, $3.8M award from the […]

Multi-Institutional Effort to Study “Extreme Matter”

2017: The University of Rochester is leading a seven-institution collaboration that promises to significantly broaden human understanding of “extreme matter”—matter that exists under pressures far higher than either on or inside Earth. The collaboration, with local principal investigators Profs. Pierre Gourdain, Gilbert “Rip” Collins, and Dustin Trail, includes Cornell, Michigan, Idaho State, Iowa, Princeton, and […]

Dr. E. Michael Campbell Appointed Laboratory Director

2017: Dr. E. Michael Campbell was named as the new Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics on 1 October 2017. Dr. Campbell is an internationally known expert in inertial fusion, high-energy-density physics, high-power lasers and their applications, and advanced energy technologies including Generation IV nuclear fission reactors and biofuels. He has won numerous awards […]

A New Prototype Stage for Glancing-Angle–Deposition Coatings Research

2016: Optical Manufacturing Process Engineer, John Spaulding, and Coating Operator, Justin Foster, are shown installing an optic on a new prototype stage built to support research and development work on glancing-angle–deposition (GLAD) coatings. The deposition system is designed to allow for growth of an oriented, birefringent film structure in stripes across an optical surface, and […]

X-Ray Backlighting of Cryogenic Capsule Implosion

2016: A narrowband crystal imaging system was used to perform x-ray radiography of OMEGA cryogenic capsule implosions (see image above). A 20-ps, 1.5-kJ OMEGA EP laser pulse was used to irradiate a Si x-ray backlighter target located inside the OMEGA target chamber. This configuration made it possible to measure the x-ray absorption of the cold […]

Dr. Michael Rosenberg Receives Rosenbluth Award

2016: Dr. Michael Rosenberg was selected to receive the prestigious Marshall Rosenbluth Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis given by the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics. The award citation states “for first experimental demonstration of the importance of kinetic and multi-ion effects on fusion rates in a wide class of inertial confinement fusion implosions, […]