Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mission-driven sciences and technology advancing the security and well-being of the nation


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Glenn Fox

Multidisciplinary science in action

Since its inception 30 years ago, Lawrence Livermore’s Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) has supported scientific research for a diverse range of disciplines. This premier user facility is home to a variety of instrumentation, including multiple accelerators, ion implantation beamlines, and specialized ion sources. Working with colleagues both internally and externally, CAMS staff address challenges in nuclear forensics, chemistry, physics, biomedicine, climate science, geology, and other Earth sciences.

As a microcosm of Lawrence Livermore, CAMS embodies the collaborative, multipurpose pursuit of the Laboratory’s missions. From collecting specimens in the field to preparing samples in a laboratory and running measurements on accelerators, CAMS scientists embrace all facets of their work. A common refrain among the center’s staff is appreciation for access to top-tier colleagues, to world-class facilities, and to mission-driven investments. Enthusiasm is contagious at CAMS, right down to its flamingo mascot.

Three decades along, CAMS continues to conduct unique, forward-looking research. The center is an exceptional example of multidisciplinary science in action, attracting academic and industry collaborators and providing a hiring pipeline for the Laboratory. As CAMS pushes scientific advancements in environmental research and for human health, opportunities arise to bring evolving technology, such as CAMS’s laser-based system for radiocarbon analysis, to the marketplace. Through its emphasis on both applications and technology development, CAMS continues to be one of the world’s most versatile and productive user facilities.

This remarkable facility and the research it enables is described in the April/May issue of Science & Technology Review magazine and in a new CAMS video.

September 5, 2018

Researchers recognized for accomplishments in early and mid-career

Eight PLS scientists have been named to LLNL’s fourth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition Program. The program recognizes scientific and technical accomplishments, leadership, and future promise demonstrated by LLNL scientists and engineers in their early to mid-careers.

August 30, 2018

Energy Secretary honors Lab scientist’s contributions to stockpile stewardship

The Secretary of Energy recognized LLNL chemist Bill McLean with a Secretary’s Achievment Award in recognition of “pioneering technical contributions that have led to significant advancements in science-based stockpile stewardship.”

August 29, 2018

PLS researchers named to ‘40 Under 40’ list

Three PLS researchers join an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, writers, executives, philanthropists, and more on Diablo Magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes young professionals in the East Bay who are leading the charge in their fields.

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Summer Institute

The 2018 Computational Chemistry and Materials Science (CCMS) Summer Institute will have a special focus on “Quantum Materials and Chemistry” to highlight the science challenges and research opportunities in the development of novel materials for emerging energy and information technologies.

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Summer Internship

Materials and Chemistry Institute (MaCI) offers a unique summer internship experience. Interns have access to state-of-the-art facilities like the Nanoscale Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, the Jupiter Laser Facility, the Energetic Materials Center, and the National Ignition Facility.

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Nuclear Forensics
Summer Institute

The mission of the Seaborg Institute is to facilitate the training of the next generation of nuclear scientists. This program offers graduate students the opportunity to work directly with leading LLNL researchers on projects in the areas of nuclear forensics, nuclear chemistry, and environmental radiochemistry.

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