Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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


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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.

July 25, 2018


Lawrence Livermore chemist elected ACS fellow

LLNL chemist Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team helped discover six new elements on the periodic table, has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society.

July 11, 2018

Max Fenstermacher

LLNL physicist wins APS excellence award

LLNL magnetic fusion physicist Max Fenstermacher has been awarded the 2018 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society.

June 27, 2018

Lightstone and the panel

Lightstone part of gender disparity panel

LLNL computational biologist Felice Lightstone served as a panelist at a major Hollywood forum, the inaugural Variety Summit about gender disparities in the media and entertainment industries.

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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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