Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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


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Glenn Fox

Excellence in forensic science

Founded in 1991, LLNL’s Forensic Science Center (FSC) is home to nationally recognized scientists and capabilities that support chemical, nuclear, explosive, and biological counterterrorism. The FSC is a special capability. It is the only center within the Department of Energy complex focused on forensic science and one of just two U.S. laboratories with international certification to handle chemical warfare agents. In the latter capacity, FSC researchers analyze interdicted samples, provide 24/7 radiological assistance, and engage in the critical research and development needs of the intelligence community including law enforcement, homeland security, and health professionals.

As world events evolve in complexity, the nation’s problems have become increasingly challenging. The FSC’s most important assets are its outstanding people who work together as a team to solve problems. Livermore’s national security mission depends on constant vigilance, and the FSC’s dedication and technical excellence is reflective of the entire Laboratory workforce. Our ability to anticipate and adapt to changing needs makes us an asset to our sponsors, who are motivated to send their most difficult problems here.

The FSC and its scientists are featured in the July/August issue of Science & Technology Review magazine and a new video, and it is described in more detail on the center’s website.

December 13, 2018

Unlocking the secrets of hidden earthquakes

Kayla Kroll, the LLNL principal investigator for a $2.5 million, four-year DOE grant, explores how subsurface mining, fluid disposal and other human activities can generate earthquakes.

October 12, 2018

Lab researchers named optical society fellows

PLS researcher Tayyab Suratwala has been named a Fellow by The Optical Society of America (OSA), a distinction awarded to OSA members for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.

October 11, 2018

PLS researchers named 2018 fellows of the American Physical Society

The new fellows represent a selection of physics expertise, ranging from computational physics to shock compression of condensed matter and instrument and measurement science.

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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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