Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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


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Glenn Fox

From astrophysics to atomic physics

Physics Division staff members lead and support a wide array of leading-edge research and development efforts at LLNL. From astrophysics and planetary science to atomic and plasma physics, their research explores matter at all length scales, under diverse and often extreme conditions. Using Lawrence Livermore’s remarkable tools—from some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to remarkable laser platforms such as the National Ignition Facility and the Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF)—and those of collaborating institutions, they undertake precision laboratory experiments, develop complex computer simulations, and grapple with the theory underpinning various natural and human-made phenomena. They also develop sophisticated technologies, such as detectors, optical components, and imaging systems. Through the High Energy Density Science Center and JLF, they build collaborations with the broader research community and help train future generations of physicists for exciting careers.

Whatever the project, these physicists are making important contributions to Livermore’s missions in foundational science, defense technology, stockpile stewardship, space science and security, and nuclear threat reduction. I invite you to learn more about Physics Division’s research in the areas of applied physics, condensed matter physics, fusion energy science, and high-energy-density science and some of the unique facilities and capabilities they employ as part of their work.

September 14, 2017

Research Slam 2017

2017 Research Slam is a hit

On September 7, 2017, 12 postdoc finalists of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's 2017 Research Slam talked for three minutes each about their work before a distinguished panel of judges.

September 20, 2017

2017 LLNL student poster symposium

Twenty summers of nuclear forensics and actinide science

On August 5, the longstanding Nuclear Forensics Summer Internship Program marked 20 years of training the next generation of actinide scientists.

March 5, 2017

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'Science on Saturday' lecture combines biomedical and computational power to decode rabies

On Feb. 11, hundreds filled the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore for a presentation titled “Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic: Byte by Byte.”

February 7, 2018

Elizabeth Sangalang

Undergrad lands second-author credential for “hydrogen-getters” research

Elizabeth Sangalang, a graduating senior studying biochemistry, has landed a second-author credential through the research she completed as a summer intern at LLNL.

January 22, 2018

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Alan Hidy’s global travels lead to a CAMS career

At CAMS, Alan Hidy explores landscape evolution, sedimentology, geochronology, and other aspects of Earth science relevant to Livermore’s national security mission.

September 11, 2017

Regina Soufli

Lab physicist elected SPIE senior member

LLNL physicist Regina Soufli has been elected as an senior member of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

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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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Physical & Life Sciences External Review Committee

Information for PLS External Review Committee Members